11. June - 02. October 2016

13th FELLBACH TRIENNIAL OF SMALL-SCALE SCULPTURE

FOOD – Ecologies of the Everyday

The 13th edition of the Fellbach Small Sculpture Triennial will take place from 11 June to 2 October 2016. This year’s international group show with a focus on the small sculptural format is curated by Susanne Gaensheimer, Director of the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, who has curated the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale twice. Co-curator of the exhibition is the Frankfurt-based Swiss curator Anna Goetz.

The exhibition title, FOOD – Ecologies of the Everyday, is programmatic. More than 40 international artists (see list below) reflect on the subject of food and the context of it’s production and consumption as paradigmatic, universal examples of social, political, ecological and economic interrelations. For this year’s Triennial the internationally renowned architects Kuehn Malvezzi have created an ideal setting in the imposing Alte Kelter, once a wine production facility, for the complex exhibition.

FOOD–Ecologies of the Everyday borrows its title from the still relevant project FOOD run by Gordon Matta-Clark together with fellow artists Carol Goodden, Tina Girouard, Suzanne Harris and Rachel Lew in Lower Manhattan in 1971-1974. The conceptual interest lies on the restaurant as a microsystem mirroring complex broader cultural, social and societal interlacings and cycles by the means of food, eating and nutrition.

The Fellbach Small Sculpture Triennial 2016 will serve as a platform to explore how contemporary art deals with aspects of the economic and ecological cycles of foodstuff, addresses the social and political dimensions of food and eating, or enquire how we define ourselves through what we ingest and to what extent it reflects our self-image and body awareness. But the exhibition goes beyond concrete references to food to cast a wider look at ecological cycles and their societal implications to broaden the perspective and thematize man as the driving structural force behind the new epoch of the so-called Anthropocene and by whose agency natural cycles have been irreversibly changed. Please find a more detailed concept and the list of participating artists online at: www.triennale.de.

A number of historical positions, such as those of Gordon Matta-Clark, Félix González- Torres and Paul Thek, provide a framework. Artists like Andrea Büttner, Laure Prouvost and Subodh Gupta are represented by larger groups of works and play a key role within the exhibition. Andrea Büttner’s ambiguously titled ‘Little Works’ present the engagement with small formats as an artistic programme and explore the relations between economic conditions and aesthetic consequences. Laure Prouvost addresses the psychological and corporeal aspects of eating as a socially constructed activity. Subodh Gupta sheds light on the global and spiritual aspects of food and eating habits. Other works explore food’s economic and ecological cycles, address social and political issues connected with food and eating, or ask how far we define ourselves in and through what we eat and to what extent it reflects our self-image and body awareness.

But the exhibition goes beyond concrete references to food to cast a look at wider contexts. Contributions by Abbas Akhavan and Petrit Halilaj deal with the ecological and cultural impact of wars and other political upheavals. In the context of the exhibition food and its ramifications becomes an anthropologically universal paradigm of political, ecological and economic interrelations.

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