A look at multi-species entanglements in site-specific works by nabbteeri, Ane Graff & Ingela Ihrman at the 58th Venice Biennale’s Nordic Pavilion

8 May 2019

The Nordic Pavilion for the 58th Venice Biennale opens this week, with an exhibition titled Weather Report: Forecasting Future that will run from May 11 to November 24. 

Ane Graff, States of Inflammation (2019). Detail of a work in progress. Image courtesy the artist.

Responding to themes of human and non-human relations in a time of climate crisis, the exhibition considers how “humans face the responsibility of acknowledging multispecies entanglements and the need to renegotiate existing interspecies relations.” The show features work by Finnish duo nabbteeri, whose installations incorporate compost and organic waste from the Biennale, as well as a sanctuary for birds among the swarming tourist hub. Norwegian artist Ane Graff creates mineral-like new materialist sculptures that draw from research into scientific disciplines of microbiology and chemistry. Swedish artist Ingela Ihrman uses craft, costume and performance traditions to playfully and “critically analyse culture-nature divisions and to open up the prevailing male and scientific gaze to queer horizons.”

nabbteeri, Blackout (2018). Installation view. Image courtesy the artists + Titanik, Turku.

The Nordic Pavilion is a space for collaboration between Finland, Norway and Sweden, with commissioning duties alternating between the three countries with each Biennale. This year’s iteration is commissioned by Kiasma, Finland. The artists will work with the interior and exterior surrounds of the exhibition space, playing with the show’s theme and the way in which the pavilion itself — constructed around large indoor trees and susceptible to external weather factors — is at stake with future climates.**

Weather Report: Forecasting Future is on view at the Nordic Pavilion for the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale Di Venezia from May 11 to November 24, 2019. See Kiasma’s website for more details.

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Tapping into subtlety + entanglement in Edge Effects – Active Earth, one part of the epic five-year Frontiers in Retreat program

22 November 2017

The Edge Effects – Active Earth group exhibition at Seoul’s Art Sonje Center opened November 7 and is running to December 3.

Jaakko Pallasvuo, ‘Soft Body Goal’ (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Art Sonje Center, Seoul.

Part of Frontiers in Retreat (a five-year international collaboration taking place from 2013 to 2018 and exploring multidisciplinary approaches to ecology in art) and curated by Jenni Nurmenniemi, the show is #7 in a series of exhibitions under the umbrella Edge Effects, running June to December. It culminates in a Zooetics Symposium in February 2018 and the term ‘edge effect’ refers to contact zones in which “diversity is always richest in areas where different ecosystems meet.”

Organised in collaboration with HIAP (Helsinki International Artist Programme), the Active Earth installation taps into moments of subtlety and entanglement and brings together work that explores “ever-changing, knotty relations between all forms of matter,” featuring Elena Mazzi & Sara Tirelli, mirko nikolic, Nabb+Teeri, Tuomas A. Laitinen and Jaakko Pallasvuo.**

The Edge Effects – Active Earth group exhibition at Seoul’s Art Sonje Center opened November 7 and is running to December 3, 2017.

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