Fat to Ashes

Preis der national Galerie, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, April-September 2021

HD video (transferred from 16mm – and super 8-film), colour , 5.1 surround sound, 20:55 min.
Arena-Installation, variuos media including steel scaffolding, wood panels, foam, fabric, straw.

“Feel Good” sound-installation, blessed candles, foam, ropes and works on paper, 10 minutes. Sound design: Antonio Gianantonio. Drawings: Alexandra Lopez, Andrea, Alexandra Mapuchina, Gilda Star, Giuliana.

Artist: Pauline Curnier Jardin, Producer: Jacqui Davies, Artist assistant: Marie Flarup Kristensen, Curator: Kristina Schrei, Set Design: Christian Beck, Set design team: Richard Krause, Giulio Marco Olivero, Helena Rohde, Malene Tesch, Carpenter: Nikolas Friedrich, Joel Seele, Artistic production team: Quirin Bäumler, Ulrich Hakel, Intern: Pauline Millet.
“Fat to Ashes” filmteam – Producer: Jacqui Davies/PRIMITIVE FILM, Assistants: Marie Elena Agiudo, Beatrice Tomassetti, Editor: Benni Atria. Sant’Agata – Sound editor: Antonio Gianantonio, Images: Pauline Curnier Jardin, Mirai Pulvirenti, Sound: Valentina Vallorani. Köln Karneval – Images: Imogen Heath, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Sound: Christof Shilling. The pig – Images: Pauline Curnier Jardin, Sound: Tobias Haberkorn. Postproduction: The Post Republic. With support of Acadèmie de France à Rome – Villa Medici, CRAC Sète, Institut Francais de Berlin.
Pauline Curnier Jardin & Feel Good Cooperative, “Feel Good” – Drawings: Alexandra Lopez, Andrea, Alexandra Mapuchina, Gilda Star, Giuliana (made in Rome, June 2020), Sound design: Antonio Gianantonio, Blessing: Candles blessed in Catania by Padre Don Domenico on the 4th of March 2021.



Pauline Curnier Jardin, winner of the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2019, is presenting the extensive video installation Fat to Ashes. The exhibition centers on the filmic work “Fat to Ashes,” which combines three storylines: a religious festival in honor of St. Agatha, the slaughter of a pig, and the Carnival of Cologne.
The spectacle centers on the film inside an imposing, spacious arena right in the middle of the museum. Reminiscent of Rome’s Colosseum, the arena rises up to a great height like a set. Rather than being built of solid brickwork, the walls of the arena are porous. Seen from a distance the arena looks like a huge cake, with a facade made of marzipan.
The installation “Feel Good” is located in the columned arcade on the left side of the museum’s Historische Halle. Church loudspeakers, decorated with large candles that were blessed in Sicily, are mounted onto the columns and pour forth a soundtrack made up of cliking high heels and the swoosh of traffic. Together with drawings the artist commissioned sex workers to make that illustrate their life realities, they pay tribute to a group that has been ignored by the state and its politicians – not for the first time but during pandemic with a vengeance.


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Fat to Ashes, Exhibition view Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, 2021,
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / Mathias Völzke © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021