Fondazione Pastificio Cerere and The Gallery Apart, with the support of the Austrian Cultural Forum in Rome, are hosting until November 26 Transnational Capitalism Examined, the double solo exhibition of Austrian artist Oliver Ressler. Curated by Mike Watson, the show includes existing works, partly undertaken in collaboration with the artists Zanny Begg and Martin Krenn, in dialogue with new works specifically produced for the exhibition.
Part One of the exhibition, Transnational Capitalism Examined: Dancing on Systemically Important Graves at the Pastificio Cerere, brings together works from Ressler from the past 13 years. Video works such as Whilst The Bull Laid Bare and The Visible and the Invisible explore the machinations of international debt and finance. The Fittest Survive examines instead the perverse link between corporations and warfare, while Leave it in the Ground deals with the politics of fossil fuel extraction.
Conversely, Transnational Capitalism Examined: Border as Method at The Gallery Apart investigates the visible face of global capitalism as embodied in social unrest, economic collapse, undocumented migration and the influx of refugees from the war-zones into Europe. The exhibition takes its title from Sandro Mezzadra & Brett Neilson’s Border as Method, or the Multiplication of Labour (2013), which delves into the proliferation of borders which has accompanied the advance of free market capitalism and globalization. During the exhibition several collateral events will be hosted by Fondazione Pastificio Cerere: Art. Class. War, which will bring together VJ’s and DJ’s to present audio, visual and performance works; Boundaries and Confines, two workshops around the theme of arts and media activism with students of local universities.
(1-7) Oliver Ressler. Courtesy The Gallery Apart, Rome
(8-14) Fondazione Pastificio Cerere