Bonniers Konsthall presents spatial practitioners Cooking Sections, and their most expansive exhibition to date. Using installation, performance and video, they explore the ongoing environmental crisis in relation to how to eat and live as humans change climates. Undamming Rivers is the culmination of a long research process that explores global food supply chains, and their impact on Swedish ecologies.
Structured as a performative installation, a play in four acts, the exhibition features a trilogy of large-
Shown together for the first time, the trilogy When [Salmon Salmon [Salmon]] portrays farmed salmon as a constructed animal, one of the most recently domesticated and industrialised species in history. The first installation, Salmon: A Red Herring, questions what colours we expect in our “natural” environment. It asks us to examine how our perception of colour is changing as we change the planet. Salmon: Traces of Escapees, explores the environmental impact of salmon farms, which can be traced far beyond the circumference of open-
In Sweden, fish hatcheries appeared as a consequence of hydropower dams. Since the mid-
In times when humans are destructively terraforming planet Earth on a rapid and global scale, the exhibition proposes to rethink our relation to river systems, seeking to contribute new imaginaries towards more sustainable horizons. Joining Cooking Sections’ international network of museums and restaurants that are Becoming CLIMAVORE, BKH Café has removed farmed salmon from the menu and introduced CLIMAVORE dishes, advancing ways in which our food habits can contribute to cultivating new habitats.
Undamming Rivers is the result of an extended collaboration with Cooking Sections initiated by Bonniers Konsthall in the autumn of 2019. Since then, they have spent extended periods in Sweden, talking to multiple experts in the field, and researching Swedish ecologies and local interactions between land and water.
Cooking Sections examines the systems that organise the world through food. The artist duo was established in London in 2013 by Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe. Using site-
Exhibition 31 August -
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Cooking Sections, Undamming Rivers, 2022. Installation view, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, 2022. Photo: Bonniers Konsthall (Jean-