Mark Boulos – All That Is Solid Melts Into Air

10 September - 15 November

10 September – 15 November

Two video projections are positioned one above the other. In one video we see traders at Chicago’s Mercantile Exchange boisterously trading ‘futures’ and derivatives of oil. In the second, Mark Boulos presents footage of his experience living with Nigerian fishermen – members of the guerrilla group Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) – in their armed struggle against the oil corporations that are doing environmental damage and exploiting the land and people who live next to the world’s largest oil fields. In their struggle, they resort to both violence and superstition.

Boulos shows how the battle for oil influences peoples’ lives in two antithetical societies. The title, which is borrowed from Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’ Communist Manifesto, can be read as a wish – currently utopian – about a more equitable distribution of resources.

Mark Boulos (b. 1975, USA) studied at Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and at National Film and Television School in England. The video installation All That Is Solid Melts Into Air has previously been shown at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2008), 6th Berlin Biennale (2010) and MoMA Projects (2012).

Title: All That Is Solid Melts into Air/ Artist: Mark Boulos/ Year: 2008/ Duration: 14 minutes 20 seconds/ Medium: high-definition video/ Producer: Pinky Ghundale/ Editors: Emiliano Battista and Bert Hunger/ Funded by Arts Council England through Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network.

Photos courtesy of the artist and gallery Stigter Van Doesburg, Amsterdam. ©Mark Boulos