After the presentation at The Photographers’ Gallery in London and at the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, the exhibition “Monsanto®: A Photographic Investigation by Mathieu Asselin – STOCK EXCHANGE” is shown in Hungary at Budapest based TOBE Gallery.
In a meticulous 5-year investigation, supported by archival documentation, court files, personal letters company memorabilia and photographs, Asselin presents the reckless history of growth of the global biotechnology corporation Monsanto. Best known as the leading manufacturer of insecticides DDT, PCBs, Agent Orange and genetically engineered seeds, Monsanto‘s practices and products have caused devastating human, ecological and economic impacts throughout the company’s long history. Asselin conducted extensive research, travelling through Vietnam and the United States of America to find the people and places dramatically affected by the products manufactured and sold by Monsanto. In this hard-hitting documentation, Asselin exposes the global company’s practices and their cynical efforts to change their negative public image through children’s TV shows and marketing campaigns. Bayer AG. For his presentation, Mathieu wanted to evidence the next chapter of the Monsanto saga, something he was not able to include in the book. This new element focuses on the corporation’s merger with pharmaceutical giant, Bayer AG and its connection to and influence on the stocks and shares of each company.