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La Kunsthalle Mulhouse hosts "Circumnavigation jusqu'à épuisement", an exhibition by Brazilian artist Clarissa Tossin.
Summer 2019, the Amazon forest is burning. Autumn, winter 2019-2020 more than 180,000 km² of Australian land is ravaged by fire. At the beginning of 2020, the French National Forestry Office (ONF) publishes that out of 9,343 forests managed by its teams, 45.1% of them have been impacted by drought in 2019, in particular, the forests of eastern France. Planet Earth is in a state of panic and these are the consequences of a world that man has wanted to industrialise, globalise, make money and connect.
Progress as the only value has guided the industrial developments of the last three centuries, today the world is in flames and we have to think and rethink our objectives and our movements.
For Clarissa Tossin, there is no question of going backwards, of not accepting the 21st century as it is happening to us. We are the products of a consumer society, the artist takes note and her works are there to confront us with the absurdity and perversity of the world we are building and leaving behind. Through her sculptures, photographs and installations, she is interested in man as the main agent of a system that he has created and for which he is responsible. We will leave our own traces, those of a civilization that has used many artificial materials. After us, plastic and transformed metals will remain. The archaeologists of the future will judge our actions and our methods.
Clarissa Tossin is not a judge, what she sees is not an end in itself but a stage that must be overcome and she is therefore attentive to the solutions that emerge. We sort, recycle and favour short circuits, but these innovations are still in their infancy and their implementation is often hesitant or poorly controlled. From the reality of these efforts to the fiction of a way out, she imagines that one day we may go to Mars to escape the earth that we have exhausted in order to start a new story. The story of an alien civilization that has no choice but to continue elsewhere. Circumnavigation until exhaustion is an exhibition in which Clarissa Tossin tackles issues that, like materials and ideas, circulate from one end of the world to the other, ultimately affecting each of us individually, even in our daily lives.
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