Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg

A Journey Through Mud and Confusion with Small Glimpses of Air

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Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg
A Journey Through Mud and Confusion with Small Glimpses of Air

Ed. Lena Essling, text(s) by Lena Essling, Massimiliano Gioni, Patricia MacCormack, David Toop, graphic design by BankerWessel

English

2018. 280 pp., 600 ills.

paperback

21.70 x 28.00 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-4434-8

Grotesque dreamworlds: the earthy, comic films by Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg in a big retrospective of their work

Nathalie Djurberg (*1978) and Hans Berg (*1978) create animated worlds with objects, music and moving images – dreamlike realms where we might lose ourselves. Their playfully told fables hold both humour and darkness, putting any moral laws of gravity out of action. Djurberg’s vibrant stop-motion animations and sculpture groups accompanied by Berg’s electronic music form scenic installations in a surrealist vein. These intense chamber pieces enact fragments of memories repressed between innocence and shame, or feverish daydreams of role play and desire. The shadowy landscapes, sealed rooms and harshly-lit scenes of their films are inhabited by a group of possessed figures seemingly set on devouring one another. The exhibition and fully illustrated catalog describe an inner voyage, an attempt to make existence more understandable in a flow of impulses and impressions.

Exhibitions:
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 16.6.–9.9.2018
Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (MART), Rovereto, 5.10.2018–13.1.2019
Kunsthalle Schirn, Frankfurt, 28.2.–26.5.2019

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