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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.


FRAUD (Canada/Spain) is made up of the duo Audrey Samson and Francisco Gallardo. Critical spatial practitioners, they develop modes of art-led enquiry, which examine the process of ‘financialisation’ through extractive data practices, and cultivate critical cosmogony building. FRAUD has been awarded the State of Lower Saxony – HBK Braunschweig Fellowship (2020), the King’s College Cultural Institute Grant (2018), and has been commissioned by the Contemporary Art Archipelago (2020) and the Cockayne Foundation (2018). Recent work includes: Carbon Derivatives, the 57th Venice Biennale, the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2018) and Somerset House, London (2018); Shrimping Under Working Conditions that was shown at Kunsthall Trondheim (2017) and the Empire Remains Shop in London (2016).

Image Credits

1: Video Still, Unclaimed Latifundium, Eat more, fish further!, 2020, FRAUD.

2: Cover, 2010 Ex-post Re-evaluation Report, 2020, FRAUD.

3: Print, To reap without sowing: worldwide EU fishery partnership agreements map, 2020, FRAUD.

4: Partnerships - FRAUD, 2020. Photo by Kayhan Kaygusuz.

5: EU Policy Watchtower. Partnerships - FRAUD, 2020. Photo by Kayhan Kaygusuz.

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