57th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia
13 May - 26 Nov 2017
19 Oct 2017 until 21 Oct 2017
«Salon Suisse» Three: cultivating well

«cultivating well»

How do foodstuffs carry stories of imperialism? Are our tastes fit for consumption? The third Salon brings together a series of interconnected discussions around Switzerland’s postand decolonial condition. With discussants Roger M. Buergel, Patricia Purtschert and Felwine Sarr, ‘Unfinished Business’ reflects on Switzerland’s lessdeterminable involvement in colonial practices and its accountability in the mythologisation of Switzerland’s image of political neutrality. ‘The Wretched Earth’, introduced by Lívia Páldi, further investigates how these relations take shape in domestic settings, tracing imperialist and capitalist occupancies of the earth in adapting and regulating the cultivation of plant species. Åsa Sonjasdotter, joined in conversation by Ros Gray and Shela Sheikh, uses the potato plant as an unassuming, yet lucid example of a vegetal global migrancy. A staple of many European and American domestic diets, the potato – native to South America – tells one of many stories of co-species entanglements between human and nonhuman subjects. The discussants will respond to colonial legacies of botany in formulating strategies of commoning, decolonisation and care – strategies which attend to what feminist scholar Donna Haraway refers to as more ‘response-able’ living. Examining conflicts arising from market involvement in the management of ‘nature’, FRAUD (FRan Gallardo + AUDrey Samson) present investigations from Carbon Derivatives, a project examining the ties between the forest as a storage resource of carbon, the boreal forest’s disappearance and emission trading systems (ETS). With ‘cloud’ cocktails providing the lubricant, FRAUD lead a discussion around the affective and contentious powers emerging from green trade.

Please find the full program here.