Julien Fargetton was present in Vevey for our 3rd edition "From the forest ashes" and presented the work "Liquidity".
Liquidity is an intervention/performance about water systems and human engagement taking the city of Vevey as its stage. With several public fountains and being the location for Nestlé’s headquarters, Vevey’s water is provided by natural springs.
Henri Nestlé, who lived in the region, created a fountain on the heights of Glion in 1878 in ordre to have his own free water. This, however, seems paradoxical with this multinational’s privatization of the water market around the world and, particularly, in the Punjab region, where drinking water is now only available in bottles under the Pure Life, Nestlé brand. This situation causes ever greater exploitation of the underground water and has directly impacted food availability. The availability of water and food, which are intimately linked, relates to the systems humans have created for natural water to be tapped, to pass through.
In this work, the artist offers a poetic action that links these two very different realities and regions of the world: during the four days of the Biennale, he will “divert” water from public fountains in Vevey and transport it to the various programmed culinary projects. He will become the only source of drinkable water during the four days of the event, inserting back the human element in this vital system.
foodculture days is a platform for the exchange of knowledge around food. PIONIRA accompanied this year's second chapter of the foodculture days Biennale "from the forest's ashes" in Vevey, Switzerland at the end of May 2021.