Exhibition - SUGAR
Industrial Heritage and Colonialism
< rotor >, Graz, AT
8. 10. 2021 – 29. 1. 2022
Curators: Anton Lederer, Margarethe Makovec
Exhibiting artists: Luz Blanco, Alessandra dos Santos, Samuel Ferretto, Fokus Grupa, Ferenc Gróf, Elisabeth Gschiel, Kyo Kim, Zdena Kolečková, Pia Lanzinger, Ilona Németh, Resa Pernthaller, Anna Ponchon, Isa Rosenberger, Sandro Sulaberidze
The history of sugar begins with cane sugar. Sugar cane has been cultivated for thousands of years. The sweetener appeared in Europe at the time of the Crusades. Around 200 years ago, sugar beet grown in Europe became a serious competitor to imported sugar cane. From then on, the European sugar industry, as well as sugar consumption, experienced a tremendous boom. Today, internationally operating sugar companies dominate the market, and numerous local sugar factories have been closed down.
With their works, the artists in the exhibition SUGAR reflect on the chequered history of sugar production, which comes along with various forms of colonialism.
More about the exhibition here.
[Preview image: Isa Rosenberger, from the project about the Enns sugar factory, actress: Elke Herber, photo: Michael Mistelbacher, 2021]