The Non-Human Animal – Negotiating Bio-relations
28 September – 24 November 2019
Rebecca Digby (Sweden), Lars Brunström (Sweden), Saara Ekström (Finland), Maureen Gruben (Canada), Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir (Iceland/Germany), Eva Klasson (Sweden), Lenore Malen (USA), Fredrik Strid (Sweden)
Eight artists working internationally present sculptures, videos, installations and photographs which in a variety of ways seek to renegotiate the relationship between human beings and other species. The exhibition offers scope for play, empathy and the expression of animalistic emotions, alongside reflections on how the divide between human being and animal is in a constant state of flux. The cultural shift that is emerging in the wake of climate change, and which is already resulting in species extinction and enforced migration, is urging us to enter into genuine ecological interplay. The works of art presented put our sensual perspectives, performability, pre-modern knowledge, and contemporary research as potential models to the test. We are also presented with the opportunity to lay bare our emotional processes and feeling of dejection as the new landscapes that are being shaped by climate change gradually evolve.
The project is being in run in association with Zennström Professorship in Climate Change Leadership Activities and researchers specialising in animal studies and biodiversity, along with other participants at Uppsala University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. It will be followed by a series of programmes.
Grant recipients 2019
7 December – 19 January 2020
Anna-Lisa Thomson Memorial Foundation
Anna-Lisa Thomson Memorial Foundation scholarships are awarded each year to three or four newly graduated female artists from schools of art throughout Sweden. Designer and artist Anna-Lisa Thomson (1905–1952) worked at ceramics producers S:t Eriks Lervarufabriker and Upsala-Ekeby in Uppsala. When she was young, Thomson received a scholarship that proved to be a major turning point in her life. Following her death at a relatively early age, the foundation was established in her memory. First awarded back in 1955, the scholarships have played a pivotal role in the Swedish art world and they have helped to establish an artistic platform that has proved to be increasingly egalitarian.