Nectar Well, 2019
Sugar water, pig nipple, water bottle, drip tray, galvanized steel, storage rack, Nectar Well bottles supply.
The work was a part of the exhibition Burnout by Emilia Bergmark.
Kunsthal 44Moen, Denmark.
As a part of the exhibition Burnout, Emilia Bergmark invited Maria Gonek to make a work for the installation at Kunsthal 44Møen, Denmark.
Nectar Well is an ambiguous juxtaposition of industrial farming and the iconic office water cooler. The work invites visitors to take a sip of sugar water, the same sugar water that honeybees are given in the honey industry in exchange of their honey.
Burnout is an absurdist-comical sound installation, a dialogue between a burned-out worker bee from the Danish honey industry and a male bumblebee from Sweden. In a heated monologue, the worker bee describes the pressure involved in keeping up with a high-speed working life, which has resulted in burnout.
After she is interrupted in her speech by a rowdy Swedish bumblebee, disagreements commence.
The text touches on topics such as the industrialization of agriculture and the mysterious world wide bee death.
For full dialogue and exhibition installation visit Emilia Bergmark, it is worth the click.
Two collaborative works Sweet Deal and One Time Use were conceived during the working process.
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