Post Apocalyptic & Future Concerns - Art and Artists
1. Heirloom, Larissa Sansour, Danish pavilion, Venice Bienalle 2019
"My recent work, especially my sci-fi trilogy, deals with the concepts of nation building and the blurry line between truth and fiction in forming a national identity. The exhibition in the Danish Pavilion, Heirloom, continues this line of reasoning, by questioning the role of nations, memory and identity in post-apocalyptic setting. How much of our vocabulary becomes obsolete in the face of extinction? In the void following a complete annihilation of everything we know, does memory of things past still matter, or do we need to formulate a new language by which we can survive?" Larissa Sansour
2. Polypastoraline, Matthew Ronay exhibited at Nils Stærk galley, Copenhagen, 2019
"Since antiquity, the theme of the Pastorale has been used in poetry, music, and art to evoke a place or state of mind that embodies the rapture of an undisturbed, peaceful landscape. From the frescoes of Pompeii, to the classical strains of Beethoven’s symphonies and the idealized landscapes of Claude and Poussin, the pastoral subject was used to evoke harmony, reverie and serenity. Over time, as the natural world has become increasingly soiled by human intervention, the ethos expressed by the pastorale has aquired darker connotations, where dismay and a sense of loss loom large over the demise of bucolic sanctity. And given the increasingly rapid pace of toxic climate change, the emergence of new paradigms for thematizing nature is inevitable.
Polypastoraline takes this shift as its point of departure, with objects that reimagine what the Pastorale might signify many generations in the future. If traditional examples of natural beauty are no longer relevant, what might their progeny look like? The detritus of the constructed environment from decaying technologies to new organisms born from a polluted gene pool, forms the backbone of the syntax used in the 11 sculptures presented as encapsulating the exhibition."