The Supermarket Museum: Interconnectedness

“You could not remove a single grain of sand from its place without thereby […] changing something throughout all parts of the immeasurable whole”.

Johann Gottlieb Fichte

You buy it in the supermarket, but its way to the shelf has been long and twisted. On the way, it has been connected with many other beings – soil, insects, animals, factories, nations, people, people’s histories and lives. Hold it for one second and look closer. You are looking at the result of the effort of hundreds and thousands of interconnected powers at play. Some of the stories are wonderful and inspiring. Some of them – you would prefer not to know. The artists within the Supermarket Museum collective are looking at the culture, products and the design of the supermarkets through the magnifying glass of the interconnectedness perspective.


The supermarket food system and its cultural, economical and ecological implications is dangerously fragile and based on the set of values very far away from solidarity:

– its underlying values of profit-making, not respecting local communities, not respecting cultural and biological diversity,
– the supermarket model destroys small farms, monopolizes local food systems and does not respect dignity of workers, also frequently avoids paying taxes,
– long-chain food production, distribution and waste issues damage ecologies and health.


Meet the artists creating the Supermarket Museum

The project is an international collaboration of artists and volunteers. 5 organisations take part in the project: Asociación La Bolina from Spain, Permaculture in Ukraine, Lebende Samen – Living Seeds from Germany, Asociace místních potravinových iniciativ from Czech Republic and the coordinating organization – Agro-Perma-Lab Foundation from Poland.

Clemens Büntig was born in San Francisco in 1968. From the age of two he grew up in Bavaria, south of Munich, Germany. At 21 he left Germany on foot and walked to Gibraltar. He studied in Spain and Switzerland. After receiving his Diploma in Fine Art Printmaking he moved to New York where he worked for Aldo Crommelynck as a printer and apprentice. Aldo Crommelynck was one of the world’s best printmakers, who printed for distinguished artists such as Georges Braques, Joan Miró and Jim Dine. Crommelynck also put half of Picasso’s graphic oeuvre into print.After four years of residing in the metropolis of New York, Clemens Büntig moved back to Bavaria and founded his own print shop.Burying himself in nature after his urban years in New York has helped his art gain focus and depth and has led to an authentic, distinct personal expression. Clemens Büntig’s art work feeds on what is nurturing. Since 2008 this has been mainly plants as one (of many) transporting medium and expression of the natural life force; also the movement of the wind, color tones, atmospheres, patterns of the material used such as paper, copper plates or acid, time and process, relationships and social movements. In an ideal state Clemens Büntig experiences himself as a membrane of time, a transformer, and his prints as documents of states of being. Organic shapes serve as a solvent for humane states of being. The growth of plants triggers parallels to thought processes, inner emotional meandering or clarity of spirits. The use of color is used as an expression of emotional qualities

Blanka Wasiljew – Polish student and a young artist taking her first steps in design and media. She is a travel enthusiast, involved in various international projects, with aim to raise awareness about broadly understood ecology. IG: @blankawasiljew

Anita Murdza – sound engineer by education. She completed her apprenticeship at the Leliwa radio station in Tarnobrzeg. There, she edited radio advertisements, news services, and recorded radio jingles. After graduating from school in Krakow, she edited audio textbooks for the Integrative Therapeutic Massage School in the same city, collaborated with the Krakow Radio Pryzmat, and participated in the production of musicals as part of the Małopolska Cultural and Educational Association of the Blind in Krakow. She is the author of the soundscape “Food has a voice” and the sound engineer for the third series of podcasts “People in the hands of seeds”.

Martin Matěj – Czech republic – Photographer and filmmaker with focus on ecological and sustainable projects. Worked for Czech organizations like AMPI, LOVIMEBIO, ČTPEZ, PROBIO, AGROTON which are all raising awereness about organic and sustainable agriculture in Czech Republic.

Kamila Śladowska born 1996 in Warsaw is an interdisciplinary visual artist. She has gained few grants (twice the schoolarship of the Ministry of Culture of Poland) and was the laureate of the painting callheld by Polish-Armenian foundation (2017). She completed the Erasmus at ESBAMA in Montpellier. She’s participated in many exhibitions in Poland and she had an individual exhibition in the BUW in Warsaw. In 2020 she graduated from MSKPU (costume design faculty) and Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (Painting faculty). Right now she lives and creates in Helsinki. Cultural anthropology and posthuman issues are important inspirationsfor her art.She efforts to use recycled or traditional materials creating her pieces. Web: kamillasladowska.com

Marina Weis is an independent filmmaker, educator and activist whose works address the themes of historical memory, social and environmental rights in co-relation with intersectional, ecofeminist and decolonial struggles and resistance. In addition to making films, ranging from experimental narratives to journalistic documentaries, she also addresses pedagogical processes through audiovisual and photography with underprivileged groups, from the point of view of the hegemonic system: young people from urban peripheries, indigenous communities and refugees. Marina was born in São Paulo, Brazil, where she graduated in Social Sciences. She studied cinema in Havana, Cuba and currently lives in Berlin, Germany, intertwining in her daily practice, motherhood, activism and urban permaculture.

Vitaliya Lazorkina – a fashion designer, architect, and permaculture designer. She is active in the development of the NGO Permaculture in Ukraine and other social projects. Together with her husband, she is leading a small design company “Design Republic”, in Lviv. Vitaliya strongly believes that “The age of supermarkets and shopping malls ruthlessly destroys what is not only part of our lifestyle, but also an important component of our mental and physical health, our humanity”.

Immo Norman Fiebrig, Lebende Samen e. V., Germany – pharmacist, biochemist (Ph.D.) and agroecologist. Scientific writer and book author, photographer, plastic artist ‘fossil art’, woodworker. Last job starting in 2015: researcher at the Centre of Agroecology, Water and Resilience CAWR at Coventry University, UK on permaculture systems and sustainability evaluation. Member of the permaculture advisory board to “r e a l” supermarket chain and Lehmann Natur organic wholesaler, creators of the first commercial permaculture label in Germany. Now advisor to GePeLa e. V., Gesellschaft für Permakultur in der Landwirtschaft. Since end of 2018, free researcher and author with home office in Munich. Currently editor of a book with the title of Medicinal Agroecology, to be published in 2021 by CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA.

Asociación La Bolina envisions a world of connected ecological, regenerative and intercultural communities. To activate this vision, we’ve decided to start where we live – El Valle; a municipality of three depopulating rural villages, south of Granada, Spain. We are an intercultural team including migrants and refugees motivated by co-creating a project, and way of life, that balances regeneration, integration and sustainability. We are dedicated to the dignified and respectful integration of migrants and refugees. We do this through education and training programmes in permaculture and agroecology and creating sustainable livelihoods, growing ecological fruit and veg for the La Bolina veg box scheme and for restaurants and eco shops. We campaign for sustainable, local and ecological food systems that create a circular economy to support local communities. 


Ruth Cross is co-founder of Eroles Project an international learning for action centre, and, Asociación La Bolina an renoun intercultural initiative working to regenerate land and create social integration and sustainable livelihoods for locals, migrants and refugees in El Valle, Andalucia, Spain. Ruth is a project designer, social theatre maker and educator specialising in instigating transformative and regenerative change. Her practice ranges from directing immersive performance with migrants and refugees to coordinating cross-disciplinary projects with organisations, decision-makers, civil society and local communities.

Charaf el Makkaoui – comes from Morocco and he is living in a village close to Granada in Spain where he works with the project La Bolina. He likes working with plants and cultivatating and cooking his own food. In 2018 he took part in practical training with La Bolina in Cultivando Futuros learning agroecology and permaculture. Currently, he is the lead grower for the La Bolina veg box business. He is also at the start of his teaching path share on which he will be teaching other migrants doing internships with La Bolina. When he is not busy with growing the vegetables and fruits, he loves listening to music and cycling. 


Ernesto Gibba is a young Gambian environmental activist and a coach in sport for development, now living in Spain and working in a sustainability and permaculture project. He is collaborator and co-facilitator with La Bolina. 

Niko Mitsuko hails from Long Beach, California. She first learned how to print in a darkroom in high school and became fascinated with the magic of photography. Later, she went on the study at UNLV, where she received a BFA in Fine Art with and emphasis on Photography and a BA in Film. She moved to Portland, Oregon, to launch her artist career, and has exhibited her work across the United States, earning multiple recognitions for her photography. Along the way, she has refined her style and expanded her repertoire to include painting and mixed media works. She currently resides in Berlin, Germany, and has had her works featured in exhibitions across Europe, notably in Paris, London, Nottingham, Rome and Berlin.

Ola Arent is an artist and art historian (Goldsmiths College, London) and a student of Landscape Architecture (SGGW, Warsaw). She co-runs Siekierki Community Garden in Warsaw. As a part of EGAT project (by Green European Foundation) she is collaborating on a traditional Polish double warp fabric to raise the issues of monocultures and deforestation. She organises workshops “Knitting against capitalism”. In her free time she directs animated music videos. www.ola-arent.com

Iryna Kazakova – project coordinator in NGO Permaculture in Ukraine. The mission of the organization is to promote the protection of the right of the residents of Ukraine to a full and healthy living environment through the development of permaculture in Ukraine. The organization provides courses, excursions to Permaculture Centers, book translation, and permaculture design. In recent years, Iryna has seen the organization expand, they begin to cover more and more areas, more and more interesting people join us to make permaculture accessible. 

Iryna Gavrysh – after graduating from the Ukrainian Academy of Printing, Iryna worked as an artisan in Lviv. But after leaving a big city and moving to the village to her own land, she became interested in permaculture. Today, after receiving the certificate of permaculture designer, Iryna works on several Ukrainian projects, provides consultations. Iryna also promotes holistic management and Zero Waste philosophy for the rural community in the framework of the Living Village project. Link to personal profile https://www.facebook.com/iryna.gavrish/

Ryska – Survivor of Capitalism. Graphic designer in studio Horylesy. IG: @horylesy | https://horylesy.cz

Robert-Yan Prakapovich (Robert Jan Prokopowicz) – Belarusian composer, improviser and multi-instrumentalist. Born in Poznań (1997), spent his early years at Polesie. Started his music education when he was 6 years old, firstly with piano, then adding classical guitar. Every next step in musical education have been demanding moving to another town, and then to other country. Immigrated to Poland being 13 years old. In Warsaw started to play organ and improvise. First success was a final of Lutosławski international competition for young composers. Made his bachelor degree in Zbigniew Bagiński’s composition class at UMFC. During his studies, have been engaged in many improvisation projects as performer, composer and organizer. Considering Krzysztof Knittel as his mentor in terms of electronic music, improvisation and musical performance. Now finishing his master studies in Dariusz Przybylski composition class. In his music, exploring diffusion of arts, post-modernism, microtone’s, psycho-acoustics, co-working with computers/machines and edges of freedom in composition and improvisation.

Kateryna Gurkalenko – graphic artist. Kateryna was born in Poland. At the age of 3, the family moved to Myrhorod, and later to Kharkiv. She graduated from school there, and later from the institute. A year after, Kateryna entered the Ukrainian Academy of Printing, majoring in Book and Easel Graphics. “I deal with easel graphics and animation. Practice mainly in the technique of “dry needle”. As for animation, I love alive, hand-drawn animation. Now we live and work in Lviv.” Link: https://www.behance.net/Akulina

Weronika Koralewska – the curator of the Supermarket Museum: Interconnectedness path. Weronika is engaged in many international education, art and activists projects. She loves interdisciplinarity and showing the complex arrays of today’s reality. She is a facilitator and trainer within the paradigm of non-formal education, with experience in designing and executing educational programmes in the area of ecological education, deep ecology, intercultural education and art. What is more, Weronika is a political scientist by education, a co-founder of the Agro-Perma-Lab Foundatio and a member of the Food Sovereignty Movement Nyeleni Polska.


BROADER CONTEXT

The project aims at answering the question: “how can we live TOGETHER within given limits?” The group of artists, agroecology and permaculture leaders, and volunteers are in the process of creating an online audio-visual exhibition “The Supermarket Museum”. The first “path” in the museum subversively explores and artistically interprets the “supermarket culture”: its convenience-, monoculture- & profit- driven modus operandi that wipes out social, economic and ecological solidarity values. Opposing this dominant culture, the second “path” of the museum describes existent successful alternatives – those based on food sovereignty and solidarity.

More information about the project can be found here. The project is co-financed by European Cultural Foundation.

If you have any questions about the project or you are interested in taking part, write to us.