Environs

2 juni – 26 augusti 2018

Omnejd
Gert Aspelin, Lena Bergendahl, Ingela Ihrman, Anna Ling, Åsa Maria Kraft, Mariana Manner, Ursula Nistrup, Filippa Pettersson, Amalie Smith

This exhibition showcases nine artists active in the area surrounding Lunds konsthall. Its title, Environs, alludes to the region around Lund but also constitutes an attempt to regard these environs as equally important as its human inhabitants.

It is too easy for humans today to retain a self-image as separated from other species, from other organic and inorganic materials. Humanism and the enlightenment helped create anthropocentric views on history and the world. Yet contemporary art, philosophy and science often understand humankind as a small part of a larger whole. The creative human being today tends to be inscribed into the Biosphere in its entirety.

Environs allows its constituent parts to join each other in twisted, pleated formations. The exhibition connects to algorithms, blossoming cacti, fossils, dying technology, the acoustics of stone, sand, nuclear fission and recycling.

The participating artists all have diverse backgrounds and modes of expression; they belong to different generations and have chosen different paths in life. Something that unites them is that they all seem firmly rooted in an interest articulated by this exhibition: soil, sand, sediment (and, further down, minerals and fossils) – phenomena that yield energy but also can cause global warming.

 Download the exhibition catalogue here

Curator: Emil Nilsson