Fragile Times

Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin

curated by Dorothee Bienert and Kati Kivinen

The ecological balance on earth has been shaken. Climate change, environmental pollution and species extinction are just a few of the buzzwords that are worrying many people. Nevertheless, the realisation that mankind is destroying the basis of life on the planet is leading to lasting changes in behaviour in very few people.

The exhibition deals with the fragile relationship between man and nature from various perspectives and seeks ways to re-explore it. How can art create a space in which we define our relationship to the (surrounding) world in a new way? Can art and poetry contribute to healing processes that improve the interaction between living beings?

In their works, the invited artists* deal with topics such as water as the origin of life; the paradox of fossil fuels that store solar energy; or the garbage in the oceans that could become the starting point for a gigantic archive of humanity. The artists counter the widespread perplexity with unusual models of thought and playful experiments. They shift contexts and thus open up new perspectives on known facts, they trace forgotten knowledge about the forces of nature and fall back on old myths, rituals and symbols, or they invent new ritual acts in search of meaningful relationships with the environment.

With Felipe de Ávila Franco (BRA/FI), Niina Lehtonen Braun (FI/DE), Markus Hoffmann (DE), Susanne Kriemann (DE), Anna Reivilä (FI), Sara Rönnbäck (SE), Kati Roover (FI), Ingrid Torvund (NO), Niina Tervo (FI)
Performance-Projekt: Viviana Druga (RO/DE) und Dafna Maimon (FI/DE)