Published in conjunction with an exhibition at:
MK Gallery (11 April - 15 June 2014)
Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania (12 September - 19 October 2014)
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (11 October - 11 January 2015)
Melanie Smith: Fordlandia is a voyage of (de)colonization in which the British artist continues her aesthetic investigation into the drifts and detours of modernity in uncertain places, away from whatever their imaginaries were.
Here she turns to (un)exploring the Amazon interplaying the tensions between industrial and natural landscape, between the living and the machine. Conceived as an illustrated log of the conversation between artist and curator, and accompained by a philosophical essay about the forms of mere life and the saved night, Fordlandia poses an historico-political question about the sense world in contemporaneity.