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Material Stories: Fat

Sun Yuan and Peng Yu’s Civilization Pillar—a 12-foot tall pillar composed in part of human fat—raises complex questions about bioethics, materiality, consumption, and the idea of “civilization.”

Join Ros Holmes, Presidential Fellow in Chinese Art at the University of Manchester, for a talk reflecting on Civilization Pillar and its meaning as a monument to contemporary culture.

This is a digital adaptation of the cancelled gallery talk, Material Stories: Fat, originally scheduled to take place at the Smart Museum of Art on April 11, 2020.