Made in X delves into the foundations of our global consumer society. The exhibition focuses on the extraction of natural resources and the obscured routes they take before reaching our homes. With Made in X, Kunsthal Extra City opens the second major exhibition at its new location in the former monastery site.
Our lives are full of products whose exact origins are unknown to us, not to mention the origins of their raw materials. From mobile phones to chocolate, from tea leaves to electricity. We all use these things with little to no understanding of how they are produced or distributed. Our ignorance does not benefit anyone apart from big companies and multinationals. Indeed, it only paves the way for social exploitation and exacerbates the tension between humankind and the rest of nature.
Made in X brings together work by international contemporary artists, each of whom focuses on a different aspect of the issues surrounding raw materials. Scrutinising both neocolonial and post-industrial standpoints, their work takes various forms, from video and sculpture to photography and installations. Each artist offers an individual perspective on issues of distribution, geopolitical interests, environmental problems, waste disposal and the steady depletion of our scarce natural resources.
Curated by Joachim Naudts.
Artists: Sammy Baloji, CATPC, Yelena Popova, Raqs Media Collective, Monira Al Qadiri, Ghita Skali, Bert Villa, Lisa Barnard