Until today humans are fascinated by nature’s secrets. Artists have always been examining the diversity of flora and fauna. Their artworks glorify, interpret, question and comment on these parts of nature showing the disaccords of life in its creation, fertility, beauty, vanity and death.
The high interest in fauna persists in the contemporary art. As we are living today in an information society influenced by the media and a technologically manipulated world we have drifted away from natural habitats. A conscious reflection is needed in order to re-experience nature as a constant but endangered reality following its own rules in the context of the unstoppable flow of our electronic time. This reflection is performed by those artists who are referring in their artworks to the creatures that are already beyond the daily perception. The richest species of animals is in the focus of this exhibition: the insects.
For more than 3000 years benefit and harm, blessing or curse are the prevailing aspects of the relationship between humans and insects. Small and bothersome but as well fascinating in their diversity of colours and species, insects are evoking all sorts of reactions. In our exhibition selected artistic positions will demonstrate the complex possibilities to interpret and present insects in photographs, drawings, sculptures and media-supported installations. Baroque still lifes show in the Vanitas motives the metamorphosis, the transformation from an unimpressive to a transitory magnificence. But this is only one motive out of a multitude of iconic issues and formal aesthetic studies. In many art works the artist takes the role of a scientist and the relation between human and insect, nature and civilization become the creative and conceptual subject. Reality investigations, biological life processes, mutations, genetic manipulations and cultural meanings are in the focus of the discussion and consideration. Considering ecological disasters, climate change, population explosion and extinction of species it is highly up-to-date to deal with nature, its sensitive ecological balance and its vanity. The variety of exhibits, materials and techniques of this exhibition offer as well an overview of our perception and comprehension nowadays.
Following artists were invited to participate in the show: Jennifer Angus, Jana Eske, Jan Fabre, Lili Fischer, Tessa Farmer, Kirsten Geisler, Douglas Gordon, Cornelia Hesse-Honegger , Sanna Kannisto, Katharina Meldner, Lucy Powell, Bärbel Rothhaar, Günther & Loredana Selichar, Polonca Lovsin, Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau, Eva Teppe, Mark Thompson, Evgenija Wassilew, Liao Wenfeng.
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