A life full of garbage in Marseille
MuCEM - Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée, Marseille, France
Drawing from ethnographic research on how our societies produce, treat, value and transform waste materials, the exhibition Vies d’ordures: de l’économie des déchets (A life full of garbage) at MuCEM from 22 March to 14 August 2017, offers a trip around Mediterranean to see how men and women are living from our leftovers. The exhibition looks at how we collect, sort and transform waste, and the inventiveness required in a creative economy of exchange and transfer. Waste is more than simple scraps!
Within the 450 objects, installations, films, data and maps, Lucy + Jorge Orta present a new sculpture: Water Purification Unit, reflecting on water scarcity and the complex issues surrounding the corporate control of access to this natural resource, which complete the series initiated for their exhibition OrtaWater during the Venice Biennale (2005).
Curator: Denis Chevallier, ethnologist MuCEM
Associate curator: Yann-Philippe Tastevin, ethnologist CNRS