The conceptually working artist Habib Asal (*1974 in Amman (JOR), lives and works in Zurich) draws his motivation for the installation from current world affairs. Almost every day, we are confronted with news and images of violence, war and terror on television, newspapers, or social media. Events are mainly transmitted to us visually. The Olfactory Exhibition, however, addresses the olfactory organ, because every day we breathe in and out around 20,000 times and in the process perceive a multitude of smells.
The title ‘How does evil smell?’ points us to the all too familiar fragrances and smells, which, depending on experience, instantly remind us of “evil“ and what that is not. For instance, what is the effect of the smell of potassium nitrate or steel? Via the media, we are confronted with images of weapons and so-called killing machines, and the images are shocking. However, does the smell of their actual material also trigger a sense of fear and threat?
Curated by: Ashraf Osman (Scent Culture Institute) & Katrin Sperry (Kunstmuseum Thun)
With the generous support of: Etat Libre d’Orange, Paris
The exhibition is documented on http://www.habibasal.net/7844874/die-chemie-des-bosen-chemistry-of-evil-2016.
Image source: https://www.generationentandem.ch/live/cafe-drunter-drueber-duefte-im-museum/
10. December 2016 – 22. January 2017
Kunstmuseum Thun / Projektraum Enter