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Spoiled Waters Spilled

11.09–25.10.2020: Les Parallèles du Sud, Manifesta 13, Marseilles, FR

Spoiled Waters Spilled is a project with an exhibition, a performance and discussions focused on the notion of toxicity, of circulation, of water (particularly rivers), on ecology and activism. Inspired by the organic circulation within the Mediterranean, the exhibition focuses on flowing substances such as water and air, that cross states’ borders while being poisoned on a local scale by human activity. Through poetry, video, installation and performance, it examines how industrial, agricultural and domestic pollutants disrupt the ‘postcard image’ of cities, degrading rivers, soils, sediments, surface and deep waters, impacting multiple living bodies. Spoiled Waters Spilled also aims at exploring the growing tension between the need for transnational responses to climate change and how nations enforce tougher border policies, often excluding all kind of ‘others’ and externalising the ecological issues.

With: Minia Biabiany, Jessika Kharzik for the society of the False, Marjolijn Dijkman & Toril Johannessen, Witnesses, Marianne Fahmy, Rikke Luther and Elvia Teotski. Curated by Clelia Coussonnet et Inga Lāce.

Opening on Thursday the 10th September from 19.00 to 23.00.

Spoiled Waters Spilled is an exhibition, performance and education program built around exploration of the connection of the pressing issues of ecology and the rise of the right-wing tendencies and strengthening of the national state, which will take place in Marseilles, Rome, Beirut and Amman over the course of 2020-2021. It starts in Marseille at Les Parallèles du Sud parallel events program of Manifesta 13 in 2020.

With texts by Atlas de la France Toxique, René Char, Daisy Lafarge and Lisa Robertson.
A proposal and artistic curatorial by Clelia Coussonnet and Inga Lāce.

In collaboration with the CCN Ballet National de Marseille – direction (LA)HORDEand the MMAG Foundation. Supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, the Dutch Embassy, the École Nationale de Danse de Marseille, the Galerie Valeria CetraroMondriaan FundOffice for Contemporary Arts Norway, the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia; and receives propitious support by publishers ArthaudGallimardNew Star BooksSad Press and the association Robin des Bois. Also part of the Saison VIVANT2020.

Manifesta 13