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Tuesday 04.05.2010

'Tales from the Forest' at Virserums Konsthall


Welcome to the jungle, Bo Christian Larsson 2010. Alu-dibon mounted photograph.
(c) Courtesy the artist and Steinle Contemporary, Munich. Photo: Andreas Lang

Tales from the Forest
Virserums Konsthall
http://www.artland.se

Info

May 9th – December 5th, 2010 Opening hours:
Tuesday-Sunday 12.00 - 16.00 Guided tours can be arranged by advance booking. Open for groups on other hours - advance booking needed.

Contact

torun.ekstrand@artland.se
Director Henrik Teleman
+46-70-571 05 92
+46-495-315 05

Address

http://www.artland.se
Virserums Konsthall
Kyrkogatan 34
579 80 Virserum
Sweden

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Bill Viola (USA), Eija-Liisa Ahtila (Finland), Maria Duncker (Finland), Hanna Ljungh (Sweden, Gibson/Martelli, Igloo (Britain), Levi van Veluw (The Netherlands), Maria Friberg (Sweden), Tova Mozard (Sweden), Maarit Suomi-Väänänen (Finland), Bo Christian Larsson (Germany), Anita Malmqvist (Sweden), Ari Saarto (Finland)

Tales from the Forest
Virserums Konsthall May 9th – December 5th, 2010


An exhibition about the forest in the outskirts of our consciousness; the forest of our memories and fantasies. We spend less and less time in the forest and sometimes it appears as unreal or even frightening. Many people prefer to spend their time in virtual worlds where they feel safely connected to others. We experience nature on the television where it doesn't smell, feel or taste at all. Yet, the woods and the trees have a powerful symbolic force and meaning. Can we listen to the tales and incantations of the forest in an increasingly nature-dystopian world where the forest perhaps isn't permanent? Can the forest function as a metaphor for life? To get lost, to merge or to transform or disappear into the forest? Where is the boundary between the wild and the arranged? Memories, dreams, visions and reality mingle. What it the relationship between human and nature? Tales from the Forest is an exhibition with suggestive features and with different stories about and from a surreal, scary, casual, poetic or foreign forest within and beyond us. What place do you and I have?

Curator Torun Ekstrand