Library of Land & Sea
Project description

The controversial evaluation report of the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement is a damning cost-benefit analysis showing that it is cheaper to pay Spanish fishing fleets to remain at port, than to pay for accessing Moroccan fish stocks. In addition, this report is classified, thus only accessible to members of the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee under extremely restrictive circumstances: in the French language only, in a room accessible to one person at a time, without phone, translator, assistant or notepad.

Partnerships is a research-led archive by FRAUD, which engages with the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement and its devastating effects upon ‘extra-Mediterranean’ marine life, such as the exhaustion of fish stocks and local fisheries. Contextualised within a broader framework that examines the genealogy of the European Union’s extractive capitalist gaze, it cultivates the active, intercultural and critical building of a counter-colonial cosmogony.

This project was developed in collaboration with Arts Catalyst.


ABOUT EURO—VISION  the podcast.
A series of weekly podcasts that compile conversations with activists, scholars, fisher-people and artists, hosted by FRAUD, around the politics of extraction, migration and international agreements that are affecting communities and ecologies on a global scale and that perpetuate European colonial legacies. Partnerships—produced as part of the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial—is a derivative of EURO—VISION, an art-led enquiry into the inscriptive operations of initiatives such as the establishment of Free Trade Zones (FTZs), fisheries partnerships agreements (FPAs), and de-risking investment tools like public-private partnerships (PPPs).

EPISODE 1: The Curse of Berlin — a conversation with Adekeye Adebajo
Through sorcery, we discuss with Adekeye Adebajo the history of extraction between Europe & Africa stemming from Bismarck's legacy and the Berlin Conference (1884-5).

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EPISODE 2: EURAFRICA — a conversation with Stefan Jonsson and Peo Hansen
With Peo Hansen and Stefan Jonsson, we explore how the European Economic Community (EEC) was founded through the exploitation of African resources which benefited European countries.

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EPISODE 3: Colonial currencies and other investment stratagems — a conversation with Ndongo Samba Sylla
With Ndongo Samba Sylla, this episode examines how colonial structures have been perpetuated and institutionalised through currencies like the Franc of the Financial Community of Africa (CFA) and investment stratagems such as public-private partnerships (PPPs).

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EPISODE 4: Terraqueous Territoriality — a conversation with Liam Campling
With Liam Campling we discuss some of the legal and economic infrastructures that support and perpetuate pelagic extractivism, such as Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs), and Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY), based on his recent book, co-authored with Alejandro Colás, 'Capitalism and the Sea'.

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EPISODE 5: Artisanal Fisheries & the Art of Unthinking — a conversation with Epifania Amoo-Adare, Nii Ayitey Sackey & Solomon Sampao
With Epifania Amoo-Adare and fisherfolk testimonies we discus pelagic extraction and its role in Ghana’s depleting marine landscape, the othering of artisanal fishermen, fish mothers and their fishmongers. This episode ends by the outlining of fundamentally non-extractive alternative modes of coexistence - the 'labour of love'.

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episode 6:

Red Gold Rush

This EURO–VISION podcast episode examines the role of conservation management in accelerating pelagic exhaustion in conversation with Dr Jennifer Telesca, and outlines how to go about redefining hierarchies of value centred on multispecies respect.

Longer blurb:
In the previous episode, we considered legacies of pelagic extraction from the perspective of artisanal fisherfolk, and discussed how to begin unthinking and unknowing these extractive ontologies. In the following, with Dr Jennifer Telesca we focus on the role of institutions tasked with conservation management in 'managing extinction'. We discuss how marine policymaking has contributed to the accelerating extraction of maritime life. In her recent article, 'Fishing for the Anthropocene: Time in Ocean Governance', she denounces the role of managerial capitalism, armed with bleak yet powerful persuasive tools such as visual charts, scientific models and statistical formulas, which together "plan, measure and quantify time as an exercise of power at sea".  In this vein, our discussion will focus on the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), and how it has managed and administered the extinction of the blue fin tuna, which is the focus of her recent book, Red Gold. We also consider modes of decentrering the legal spaciest policies by redefining value systems based on multispecies respect and environmental justice. 
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