How My Grandfather Survived, 2015. Photos courtesy CATPC
These chocolate sculptures were first conceived in clay in the Democratic Republic of Congo, then rendered digitally, 3D printed, and cast in chocolate. The Congolese art collective, Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise (CATPC), uses cocoa harvested from their own plantation as a symbolic stand against exploitative economic practices and lingering colonial structures. Through their eponymous show at the Sculpture Center in New York, the artists hope to reveal the complex and overlooked relationships that sustain the fine art world. “This entire show and the whole project is about revealing the structures, the underlying conditions of wealth, art, circulation, and consumption,” curator Ruba Katrib tells The Creators Project.
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