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Industrial Heritage and Colonialism

Start of the exhibition:
Friday, October 8, 2021, 2 pm until 8 pm

Participating artists:
Luz Blanco, Alessandra dos Santos, Samuel Ferretto, Fokus Grupa, Ferenc Gróf, Elisabeth Gschiel, Kyo Kim, Zdena Kolečková, Pia Lanzinger, Ilona Németh, Resa Pernthaller, Anna Ponchon, Isa Rosenberger, Sandro Sulaberidze

This exhibition is part of:
EASTERN SUGAR, a project implemented by the Slovak National Gallery
in cooperation with partners:
< rotor > centre for contemporary art (AT),
Centre for Contemporary Art FUTURA (CZ),
Schafhof – European Center for Art Upper Bavaria (DE),
La Box gallery of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art (FR),
T-TUDOK Inc., Centre for Knowledge Management and Educational Research (HU),
associated partners – Kunsthalle Bratislava (SK), Muzeum Sztuki Łódž (PL)

The history of sugar begins with cane sugar. Sugar cane has been cultivated for thousands of years. The sweetener appeared in Europe at the time of the Crusades. Around 200 years ago, sugar beet grown in Europe became a serious competitor to imported sugar cane. From then on, the European sugar
industry, as well as sugar consumption, experienced a tremendous boom. Today, internationally operating sugar companies dominate the market, and numerous local sugar factories have been closed down. With their works, the artists in the exhibition SUGAR reflect on the chequered history of sugar production, which comes along with various forms of colonialism.

9.10.-23.12.2021 + 7.1.-29.1.2022

Opening hours:
MON–FRI 10 am–6 pm, SAT 12–4 pm
Closed on Sundays and bank holidays

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Admission free!

All activities take place in accordance with the current COVID 19 regulations.

Isa Rosenberger, from the project about the Enns sugar
factory, actress: E.Herber, photo: M.Mistelbacher, 2021