We can’t be anything but edible

solo show by Dominique Koch

at Aterraterra LAB, Palermo, Italy

Opening: 26.10.2023, 19:00

Exhibition: 27.10.2023 – 25.11.2023, Friday / Saturday. 12:00 – 17:00

With the support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and Kultur Kanton Basel-Stadt

Aterraterra Lab, Via Giacalone 43, Palermo

«We can’t be anything but edible» is the first solo show in Italy by the Swiss artist Dominique Koch. The Basel and Paris-based artist approaches social and political topics with «multi-species thinking» and connects different forms of knowledge. Within her multimedia and immersive works, she develops videos as a visual medium and combines them with the narrative abilities of sound, as well as with mechanisms of language, text, and objects. Dominique Koch’s solo exhibition in Italy at Aterraterra LAB starts from the 60-minutes video work Sowing the Seeds for the Future (2020). «We can’t be anything but edible» presents the work in a side-specific multimedia video, sound and space installation. The video, sound, and space installation, in which narrative modes are mixed and merged, culminating in one story that can be described as «science-fictional poetry»: A female voice talks about where genetic diversification happens while we see images from a laboratory. The images are taken in the research institute ICARDA (International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas), whose research program and data collection was threatened with destruction due to the ongoing wars. The next scene shows seeds in a dusty landscape, the voice from the off thinks about the time when everything was nourished by water, about the resilience of seeds, about time, place, the elements, and adaptions. A conversation with the natural philosopher Andreas Weber interweaves into these two narratives. He deals with the idea of unconditional reciprocity and paraphrases this with the concept of «edibility»: Existing as human beings means, we get eaten or make ourselves edible. Even though we seem to be isolated bodies — on a material level, we are inseparable from what surrounds us. Our body becomes part of the cycle and can’t be anything but edible.


Sowing the Seeds for the Future

Video installation, sound 60 minutes 2020

Sound design and music by Tobias Koch

Featuring conversations with Andreas Weber, Mahmoud Solh, Mariana Yazbek and Ali Shehadeh

With the support of Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and Kultur Kanton Basel-Stadt