Mathieu Asselin

'Monsanto®: A Photographic Investigation'

Saturday 29 June 2019 - Saturday 31 August 2019

English text, Dutch below:
The Ravestijn Gallery is delighted to present Monsanto®: A Photographic Investigation by Mathieu Asselin in collaboration with guest curator Sergio Valenzuela Escobedo.

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This summer, The Ravestijn Gallery will host the exhibition Monsanto®: A Photographic Investigation in collaboration with guest curator Sergio Valenzuela Escobedo. The exhibition shows Asselin’s exhaustive project about the origins, methods and consequences of the destructive pesticides manufactured and used by the American chemical company Monsanto, in both a current and historical context. In 2018, Monsanto was acquired by the German chemical company Bayer, driving increased financial interests in the company whilst the toxic consequences continue to be coerced on vast areas of environment, thousands of farmers, animals and countless others.

In an interview with Sunil Shah for American Suburb X, Asselin outlined his condemning of Monsanto’s products and propaganda, “I think the work becomes much more interesting when you aren’t trying to camouflage your point of view, these are not the right times for ambiguity, even in photography.” The series has received profound recognition in the photographic community and far beyond. Artist, writer and curator Lewis Bush summarises the importance of Asselin’s project saying “Asselin’s photographs become a sort of testament to what happens when the well-being of the future is traded for profit in the present, and specifically the consequences for those people who have to occupy that future, who are inevitable often the poor and marginalised, the last people in other words who might own stocks in a company like Monsanto.”

Asselin’s work has been published in Foam, Liberation, Paris Match, Huck Magazine, the New Yorker Photo Booth and GEO Freitag. The Monsanto®: A Photographic Investigation project has been shown at, amongst others, the photography festival Les Rencontre d’Arles in France, Fotofestival Breda and Fotomuseum Antwerpen FOMU. Asselin obtained his MA in Photography at the ENSP École Nationale Supérieure de la Photography d’Arles in France. He lives and works in Arles.

 

The publication of Monsanto®: A Photographic Investigation will be available to view in the gallery during the exhibition. Whilst the English 1st edition is sold out, the French version will be for sale. The book is published by Verlag Kettler / Actes Sud (2017), and designed by Ricardo Báez. The book was nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018 and was the Winner of First Photobook of the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards 2017.

A special newspaper edition of Monsanto®: A Photographic Investigation will be printed with support from the MIAP Foundation (Message In A Photo Foundation). Over the course of the exhibition, there will be a programme of events held at The Ravestjn Gallery for farmers, biologists, students, policymakers and other interested parties about the effects of Monsanto’s pesticides, compiled by historian and curator, Macha Roesink in collaboration with Mathieu Asselin and Sergio Valenzuela Escobedo.

Monsanto®: A Photographic Investigation is the first in a series of exhibitions initiated by The Ravestijn Gallery in which the gallery offers the space to established and emerging artists during the summer to facilitate conversations around social issues. The project can only be purchased by non-profit institutions that endorse the conditions of photographer Mathieu Asselin and curator Sergio Valenzuela Escobedo.

 

LEZINGEN

Tijdens de tentoonstelling ‘Monsanto®: A Photographic Investigation by Mathieu Asselin’ is er de randprogrammering Ongoing Series met lezingen en discussies over de toxische effecten van Monsanto voor communicatie, kleine boeren, zaden, water, bodem en biodiversiteit gedurende de zomer bij The Ravestijn Gallery in Amsterdam.

 

29 augustus 2019 15.00-17.00 uur lezing ‘Who Owns Our Food?' door Michel Haring, hoogleraar plantenfysiologie aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Een belangrijke vraag voor iedereen die te maken heeft met landbouw, natuur, wetenschap en wetgeving; ‘Wie bezit ons voedsel?’ 


30 augustus 2019 15.00 - 17.00 uur lezing door Esther Turnhout, professor leerstoelgroep Bos-en Natuurbeleid aan de Universiteit van Wageningen over de relatie tussen wetenschap, beleid en het milieu.

 

Deze groep doet wetenschappelijk onderzoek naar de sociale en politieke dimensies van bos en natuur. Haar onderzoeksprogramma ‘The Politics of Environmental Knowledge’ richt zich op de relaties tussen wetenschap, beleid, en maatschappij.  Ze is een van de experts en co-auteurs voor het UN Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Natuurbeheer & -beleiddeskundige dr. Esther Turnhout betoogt dat we af moeten rekenen met eenzijdige economische en technocratische kijk op biodiversiteit willen we de natuur echt beschermen.

Graag RSVP naar monsanto@theravestijngallery.com onder vermelding van je naam en datum van de bijeenkomst.

Neem voor vragen contact op met Macha Roesink van Rhizome & Soil +31 6 5396 5149

 

Dit is de laatste week van de tentoonstelling ‘Monsanto®: A Photographic Investigation by Mathieu Asselin’ (te zien tot en met zaterdag 31 augustus aanstaande).

Macha Roesink in Metropolis M (13 augustus 2019): ‘Je kunt dit niet in één foto vangen. Monsanto raakt zoveel gebieden. Het raakt de bodem, de lucht, het water, de gezondheid en generaties.’

Mathieu Asselin in Het Parool (12 juli 2019): 'Als je goed kijkt naar zowel het verleden als het heden van Monsanto, krijg je misschien ook een glimp van de toekomst. De geschiedenis van Monsanto herhaalt zich namelijk. Bijvoorbeeld: eerst veroorzaakte Agent Orange gezondheidsklachten, nu is het Roundup.'

Bij de tentoonstelling  is de 5e editie uitgegeven van de krant Monsanto®: A Photographic Investigation by Mathieu Asselin dankzij de steun van de MIAP Foundation.

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openingstijden: 
maandag tot en met zaterdag 12:00 - 17:00