Sat 23.03.19
Sun 30.06.19

Deadly Affairs at Extra City with Various Artists

(photo: Chantal van Rijt)

Various Artists shows ‘toxiThropea’ at the exhibition ‘Deadly Affairs’ at Extra City.

toxiThropea researches the tense and toxic relationship between Humans and Nature. It imagines future scenes where our world's resources are depleted and humans are few or nearly extinct. It depicts our environment beyond the end of its self-healing capacity with our role reduced to retreat and witness the aesthetic simulations of our dying intoxicated habitat. The work that is part the exhibition 'Deadly Affairs' is laboriously produced using mainly fossil energy, reflecting our economic productivity and resulting in dystopian and ethereal landscapes that expose our inability to maintain our only biosphere. The work is reminiscent of a time where chemical processes continuously change the state of nature, and where man is no longer involved. Its aesthetics conceal the fragility and the amount of energy these works require to be kept 'alive'.
toxiThropea is part of Água com Gás, an on-going research project that examines a number of water-related topics such as the privatization of water supply, pollution, the depletion and salination of water sources. This research results in a variety of concepts and creations that are generated by different Various Artists.
Various Artists is a Brussels based arts collective with 24 fictional members. Within Various Artists most of the activity is concentrated around practicing duets, where a primary actor is combined with a secondary player. A thematic, or a skill is provided by the former, and can be repeated until exhaustion. The collective is a Gesamtkunstwerk where all research topics and artistic practices of its 24 members come together in collaborative installations or projects.

Deadly Affairs addresses environmental injustice by bringing into view the externalities (contamination of humans and non-humans) inherent to the logic of capital accumulation. It traces the exploitation of labour, land and resources from within Europe to a space outside of its borders, focusing on how the privileges Europeans presently enjoy, and the rights granted by certain forms of citizenship, are only possible because of abuses that take place outside the confines of its jurisdiction. It does so by using the trope of toxic trades and toxic destruction, and the slow, unspectacular violence that characterises it—a violence that is often difficult to grasp, visualise and represent, since the relationship between cause and effect can be easily eluded.

Deadly Affairs is curated by Antonia Alampi, research curator Caroline Ektander, and assistant curator Zeynep Kubat.
Participating artists are Boris Anje, Valentino Bellini & Eileen Quinn, Don´t Follow the Wind, Jessika Khazrik, Daniel Lambo, Hira Nabi, Franziska Pierwoss, Natascha Sadr Haghighian & Ashkan Sepahvand, Neda Saeedi, Susan Schuppli, Adrien Tirtiaux and Various Artists.
nadine supports Various Artists in his research Agua com Gas and co-runs the project space n0dine.