International 2009 Archives
Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (Sweden)
The autumn's major exhibition, Life Forms, invites us to a discussion about how nature is viewed in contemporary art. The exhibition brings together 11 noted, internationally active artists who depict the relationship between nature and culture, the artificial and the organic, art and landscape. The exhibition includes a series of seminars, a film programme and an extensive anthology.
In a time of environmental pollution and climate change, Life Forms is intended to reveal the way contemporary art imagine our life on earth. Is it an unmitigated apocalyptic landscape, trashed and exploited, that contemporary art travels through? Or is there, in art, room for new utopias, in which art can contribute to the discovery of new life forms? A desire to find a way back to an imagined, more original state, or does it present images of completely new worlds and life forms in which the centre stage is not occupied by human beings?
In the exhibition architecture Klas Ruin and Ola Broms Wessel from the Spridd architectural practice have made a sun screen powered by solar energy. The heat of the sun unfurls a balloon of spinnaker cloth that, when needed, will cover the Konsthall's southern façade. The sun's powers visibly influence the exhibition's architecture and give it a living, moving aspect that responds to the fluctuations of the day and to the intensity of the sun.
Participating artists : Micol Assaël, Charles Avery, Rosa Barba, Andreas Eriksson, Ane Graff, Tue Greenfort, Henrik Håkansson, Helen Mirra, Katie Paterson, Jani Ruscica and Tomas Saraceno.
Exhibition’s curator : Sara Arrhenius
Exhibition 16 September 2009 -
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