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 Parallax View, 2017, Garden tables, plastic cups, wood, ventilators, cleaning robots and salt. Installation view at Morpho, Brussels. Photo by:   Kiki Petratou

Parallax View, 2017, Garden tables, plastic cups, wood, ventilators, cleaning robots and salt. Installation view at Morpho, Brussels. Photo by: Kiki Petratou

toxiThropea is a series of works that poetically researches the tense and toxic relationship between Humans and Nature. After we rendered this planet ecologically unstable,  mutations are manifest and may be an omen of greater changes to come our way.

 toxiThrope, 2017, Aquariums, bonsai, minerals, water and methanol. detail of installation at Morpho, Brussels. Photo by:   Paulo Sudo

toxiThrope, 2017, Aquariums, bonsai, minerals, water and methanol. detail of installation at Morpho, Brussels. Photo by: Paulo Sudo

toxiThropea imagines future scenes where our worlds resources are depleted and humans are few or nearly extinct. Depicting our environment beyond the end of its self healing capacity. While our role is reduced to retreat and witness the aesthetical simulations of our dying intoxicated habitat.

 Salinas, 2017, Burners, Gas-bottles, copper plates, bonsai and salt. Installation view at Morpho, Brussels. Photo by:   Kiki Petratou

Salinas, 2017, Burners, Gas-bottles, copper plates, bonsai and salt. Installation view at Morpho, Brussels. Photo by: Kiki Petratou

Reflecting our economic productivity the installations and works were laboriously produced using mainly fossil energy, resulting in dystopian and ethereal landscapes that expose our inability to maintain our only biosphere. 

 petroLight, 2017, Aquarium, light-bulb and paraffin. Installation view at Morpho, Brussels. Photo by:   Kiki Petratou

petroLight, 2017, Aquarium, light-bulb and paraffin. Installation view at Morpho, Brussels. Photo by: Kiki Petratou

The works are reminiscent of a time where chemical processes continuously change the state of nature, and where man is no longer involved. Its aesthetics conceal the fragility and the amount of energy these works require to be kept 'alive'.

 Studie voor Kruisweg, 2017, Eroded text, and candle-wax. Installation view at Morpho, Brussels. Photo by:   Kiki Petratou

Studie voor Kruisweg, 2017, Eroded text, and candle-wax. Installation view at Morpho, Brussels. Photo by: Kiki Petratou

toxiThropea is part of Água com Gás that examines a number of water-related topics - such as the privatization of water supply, pollution, the depletion and salination of water sources, etc. This research results in a variety of concepts and creations that are generated by different Various Artists. 

 Salinas, 2017, Electric cooking plate, copper plate, bonsai, and salt. Installation view at Morpho, Brussels. Photo by:   Kiki Petrato

Salinas, 2017, Electric cooking plate, copper plate, bonsai, and salt. Installation view at Morpho, Brussels. Photo by: Kiki Petrato

Various Artists is a Brussels based arts collective with 24 fictional members. Within Various Artists most of the activity is concentrated around practicing duets, where a primary actor is combined with a secondary player. A thematic, or a skill is provided by the former, and can be repeated until exhaustion

The collective is a Gesamtkunstwerk where all research topics and artistic practices of its 24 members come together in collaborative installations or projects.