Phosphate rock screenshot

(Photo credit: Still from EURO-VISION website (FRAUD))


How can we understand extraction beyond the removal and displacement of minerals – to encompass policies, international treaties and regulations that impose controversial forms of stewardship of natural resources on communities? 

EURO—VISION is an artist led inquiry into the extractive gaze of European institutions and policies, framed by an expanded understanding of the term 'critical raw materials'. Initiated by FRAUD and Btihaj Ajana in 2018, the project seeks to make visible the many entangled modes of extraction that Europe enacts on third countries through the establishment of Free Trade Zones, fisheries partnerships agreements, and investment stratagems. 

As part of our Risk Related programme in 2020/21, we worked with Arts Catalyst to commission a series of EURO—VISION events, publications and podcasts, which can be found using the links below. This period also saw the launch of the project's dedicated web platform.

We have continued our relationship with FRAUD into our Ecological Thinking programme. As part of this they will be focusing on the critical raw material phosphate rock, from which the phosphorous widely used in fertilizer and weaponry is developed. Working with Sandie Dann and Kurt Lawson from Loughborough University's Department of Chemistry, they produced a trial quantity of pigment derived directly from a sample of phosphate rock from Moroccan-occupied Western Sahara, while in dialogue with the Nottinghamshire Building Preservation Trust, they explored the historic production of phosphorous fertiliser from the guano collected in dovecotes. They are interested in the political and ecological dimensions of such production, with a particular focus on (alternatives to) its imbrication with EU border policy and neocolonial extraction.

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).

Produced for Radar by Laura Purseglove and David Bell
Produced for Arts Catalyst by Anna Santomauro
Chemistry Support: Sandie Dann and Kurt Lawson, Loughborough University Department of Chemistry
Risk Related academic lead: Ksenia Chmutina
Marketing: Rachel Fitzpatrick, Josie Parr, Simon Kemp
With thanks to Loughborough University Environmental Humanities Group

Funding for this phase of EURO—VISION has been provided by Arts Council England and Canada Arts Council. Earlier aspects the project were commissioned and funded by the Istanbul Design Biennial, King's College London's Cultural Community, Accion Cultural and Somerset House Studios.

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The Politics of Preservation

Mon 12 December 2022

18:00pm - 20:00pm

Artists Wesam Al Asali, FRAUD and Nastassja Simensky come together to bring a critical framing to the concept of preservation. Embracing different methodologies and spanning diverse contexts – from the Syrian conflict, to pre and postindustrial England – their practices shed light on issues of accountability, agency, power and ownership. Read more

In Praise of the Fallows: A Guided Tour with FRAUD

Sat 10 September 2022

09:45am - 18:00pm

Join artist duo FRAUD (Audrey Samson and Francisco Gallardo) and their collaborator, farmer Stuart Rose, for a guided walk in rural Nottinghamshire, with visits to a series of historic dovecotes and the open-field farming system at Laxton. Read more


Wed 17 March 2021

17:00pm - 20:00pm

Join FRAUD for a workshop exploring the extractivist gaze of the EU’s migration policy in the Mediterranean region. Read more

EURO—VISION | Our Mother Ocean Reading Group

Wed 7 April 2021

19:00pm - 21:00pm

A reading group discussing Our Mother Ocean by Mariarosa Dalla Costa and Monica Chilese. Read more

EURO—VISION | Screening & Conversation

Wed 24 March 2021

18:00pm - 20:00pm

An evening of online screening and discussion curated by artist duo FRAUD as part of EURO–VISION, an artist led inquiry into the extractive gaze of European institutions and policies. Read more

EURO—VISION Assembly: Recommendations for Post-Extractive Futures

Wed 14 April 2021

18:00pm - 20:00pm

How might we imagine post-extractive futures? What knowledges, practices and tactics can we mobilise in order to do so? Read more


Critical Raw Materials

An introduction to FRAUD's expanded use of the term 'critical raw materials'. Read more


EURO—VISION: the booklet

Exploring EU border surveillance technologies and migrant solidarities. Read more


A series of podcast conversations exploring European extractivism. Read more