The Eastern Sugar book, Photo: Martin Deko, SNG.





Eastern Sugar

Saturday, October 9, 2021, 11:00
Location: GrazMuseum, Sackstraße 18, 8010 Graz

With: Edit András (art historian), Maja & Reuben Fowkes (editors/art historians), Ferenc Gróf (artist), Ilona Németh (editor/artist), Olja Triaška Stefanovic (photographer/artist),
Moderation: Walter Seidl (curator)


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The event will be held in English.

For the book presentation the 3G rule applies.

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Through critical texts, conversations, and artistic interventions, the book restores complexity to the history of the rapid decline of the Slovak sugar industry, and by extension the wider social and economic infrastructures of transition in Central Europe. This book takes as its starting point contemporary artist Ilona Németh´s extensive research into the history of sugar production in Slovakia, from its beginnings in the early 19th century, when northern sugar beet emerged as a competitor to southern sugar cane, to the social impact of the rapid decline of the industry in the era of peak globalization.

The book, named after the owner group of the former largest sugar factory in Slovakia, is the starting point for a transnational art project, implemented by institutions in six different countries, within the context of the EU programme Creative Europe. In this frame, < rotor > in Graz is currently presenting the art exhibition "SUGAR. Industrial Heritage and Colonialism".

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a project co-funded by the programme Creative Europe of the European Union and 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),
and associated partners – Kunsthalle Bratislava (SK),
Muzeum Sztuki Lódž (PL).

Co-funded by:

Project funding for Ilona Németh's contribution to the exhibition: