Within a programme geared to exhibitions and projects concerned with the social dimension, even though the works displayed draw the eye first and foremost for their aesthetic aspect, the NOME Gallery in Berlin presents the work of Kirsten Stolle, an examination of the global impact of chemical companies on the world’s food supply. Using collage, drawing and installation, she questions the relationships between private interest and public health and the ways in which the former uses propaganda to reach citizens, in a confrontation which looks to history, drawing on materials taken from twentieth-century textbooks and medical journals.
The exhibition is divided into two bodies of work: Monsanto Intervention, a series of collages created from Monsanto Chemical Company advertisements, and Animal Pharm, collages which play on George Orwell’s Animal Farm to critique the controversial use of genetic engineering in animals by the pharmaceutical industry.
Kirsten Stolle (b. 1967, Massachusetts) is a visual artist working in collage, drawing and site-responsive installation. Her research-based practice is grounded in the investigation of corporate and government propaganda, environmental politics and biotechnology. Her work is included in the collections of the San Jose Museum of Art, CA, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN, and the Crocker Art Museum, CA. Select U.S. solo exhibitions include the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, NC, The Turchin Center for the Visual Art, NC and Dolby Chadwick Gallery,CA. Her work has been published in Poetry Magazine, Made in Mind, Spolia Literary Magazine, New American Paintings, among others. She currently lives and works in Marshall, North Carolina.
Kirsten Stolle. Procede at Your Own Risk, NOME Gallery, Berlin, 16.02 – 8.04.2017