Stefanie Zoche: Wie Sand am Meer

The Ruthless Exploitation of a Disappearing Resource in the Anthropocene

11 September – 28 November 2015

Stefanie Zoche - Fortuna Hill

Stefanie Zoche, Fortuna Hill, 2015, © Stefanie Zoche


Sand appears to be an inexhaustible resource. But the construction of reinforced concrete buildings in megacities, road building and land reclamation is using such enormous amounts that building sand is becoming a dwindling resource. Because of the growing demand, it has become profitable to steal and smuggle sand. Especially in developing countries its exploitation is unregulated. Beaches are being excavated, rivers and sea beds dredged.

Munich artist Stefanie Zoche (Haubitz+Zoche) explores the various facets of this phenomenon knowledgably and with extraordinary commitment. By using haunting images and a surprising language of forms, she articulates the thoughtlessness and the inconsistency of our interaction with this valuable resource. A major share of the sculptures, installations and video artwork on exhibition was commissioned by the ERES Foundation. This project continues the foundation’s thematic series of exhibitions on the Anthropocene and focuses on an aspect of mankind’s encroachment on the geosphere and biosphere that so far has received scant attention.

Projektförderung: Landeshauptstadt München Kulturreferat, Selbach Umwelt Stiftung

Stefanie Zoche - Valdrada

Stefanie Zoche, Valdrada, 2015, © Stefanie Zoche

Stefanie Zoche - Tetrapode

Stefanie Zoche, Tetrapode, 2015, © Stefanie Zoche



Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue, EUR 10,00
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Stefanie Zoche - Fortuna Hill

Stefanie Zoche, Fortuna Hill, 2015, © Stefanie Zoche