artist Melle Smets and sociologist Joost van Onna followed the trail
of discarded Western car parts and ended up in a place called Suame
Magazine in Ghana, where this scrap is processed and marketed by some
200,000 highly specialized technicians in 12,000 informal workshops.
Smets and Onna turned this trail to Suame completely around and
together with the local mechanics of Suame Magazine produced the
first car to ever be exported
from this region to the West. Once even the King of Ghana visited
Suame Magazine to see it with his own eyes, it was clear to the
Ghanaian media: These European ‘benefactors’ will bring Ghana a
car industry. Can Smets and Onna meet such high expectations? V2_
Institute for the Unstable Media
presents their answers in the exhibition Turtle
1: The Sequel.
Exhibition: March 9
– March 16, 2014 (13.00h – 18.00h)
Trailer Museum Night 2014 from V2_ on Vimeo.