Piknik na obochine at Exo Exo

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Artists: Viktor Timofeev, Jason Benson, Martin Kohout, Eric Veit, Mia Goyette, Hannah Lees, Eloise Bonneviot & Anne De Boer

Exhibition title: Пикник на обочине (Piknik na obochine)

Curated by: Florent Delval

Venue: Exo Exo, Paris, France

Date: April 7 – May 21, 2016

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artistd and Exo Exo, Paris

« Our expedition was the first to enter Area X for more than two years, and much of our predecessors’ equipment had rusted, their tents and sheds little more than husks. Looking out over that untroubled landscape, I do not believe any of us could yet see the threat. »

Jeff Vandermeer, Annihilation (2014)

« I insist, once again: such intricate links between humans and non humans in complex cosmograms have been described in every single ethnographic monograph but always with the risk of being seen as only “symbolic”. Now it is literal. And that transforms everything, because it means that all field studies are studying devastated sites in crisis. To be on planet Earth at the time of the Anthropocene is not the same thing as being “in nature” at the time of its modernization. Cosmopolitics is now the common situation for all collectives. There is no common world, and yet it has to be composed, nonetheless. »

Bruno Latour, Anthropology at the Time of the Anthropocene – a personal view of what is to be studied (2014)

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Martin Kohout, Skinsmooth v.-2, 2016

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Martin Kohout, Skinsmooth v.-2, 2016

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Martin Kohout, Skinsmooth v.-2, 2016

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Martin Kohout, Skinsmooth v.-2, 2016

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Mia Goyette, Antifreeze (Fortified Flower Vases), 2012-2016

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Eric Veit, Lily, white lotus seed, ashwagandha, 20 cc of New York air, 2016

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Eric Veit, Coconut, cinnamon, corn, goose, 2016

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Hannah Lees, Into eternity of which this vegetable world is but a shadow, 2013

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Viktor Timofeev, 192.168.13.4 (AVANT_GARDENS), 2011

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Viktor Timofeev, Weaver of Dreams (MONSTR0CITY), 2011

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Jason Benson, Shadow of knotted grief, 2015

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