When imagining the future, humans face the responsibility of acknowledging multispecies entanglements and the need to renegotiate existing interspecies relations.
It is often difficult for humans to notice life forms that exist on a scale different from theirs, such as microscopic organisms, the slow workings of toxic agents, or durational processes of decaying organic matter. By heightening the visitors’ awareness of the materiality of the space and the artworks, and by assimilating their bodies to other life forms, the exhibition attempts to establish a connection with more-than-human agencies.
Artist duo nabbteeri (Janne Nabb & Maria Teeri, Finland) gather the materials on site and incorporate recycled objects that evolve into mesh-like installations. Their works are compositions based on interactions between the artists and other things, including nonhuman organisms. They often focus on the tiniest life forms, minute species co-existing with us.
Ane Graff (Norway) creates works that combine her material research with a broad range of research disciplines, e.g. microbiology and chemistry. Through her installations, she confronts the allegedly stable, science- and culture-based classifications, while asking how notions of human exceptionalism and dualistic thinking are connected to the ecological crisis.
Ingela Ihrman (Sweden) weaves together imagination, craft techniques, as well as sensibilities and personal experiences in her objects, moving images and texts. Her algae installation tells a story of the liquid origins of human bodies and the existing connections between diverse lifeforms.
Gallery name: Kiasma
Address: Mannerheiminaukio 2, Helsinki
Opening hours: Tue, Sat 10:00 - 18:00, Wed-Fri 10:00 - 20:30, Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Open: 31.01.2020 - 16.08.2020