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INKA AND NICLAS | LUMINOUS MATTER
March 16 – May 22 2021
In the exhibition entitled Luminous Matter, the artist duo Inka & Niclas have narrowed down their perspective, both in terms of subject matter and geography. Throughout their work, the artists have investigated our contemporary perception of nature through the photographic medium. Our notion of desirable scenery worldwide has been made possible not only by travels to spellbinding locations but by our consumption of nature via technology. It is through the camera lenses and the digital screens that we experience nature and confirm our existence. In their latest works, Inka & Niclas continue their examination of nature as a cultural construct, but the focus now lies on milieus connected to the artists own childhood and heritage – a partly introspective approach with a micro/macro perspective, coherent with a current universal strive towards understanding and being close to one´s local habitat. The exhibition consists of works from the three individual artwork series Luminous Matter, Family Portraits and Liquify, that the artist duo has worked on simultaneously.
In contrast to their earlier works, often situated in large scale grand scenery outside of Sweden, the series Luminous Matter (that lends its name to the exhibition) centers around depictions of wildflowers and weeds found closer to the artists´ native surroundings. The exploration through the camera has led the duo´s interest in several wildflower species found along the roadside in Sweden – flowers so common in the Swedish scenery, that they almost go unnoticed in our collective consciousness. Or have we just not seen enough wildflowers documented on our screens to interpret them as desirable? The three represented plant species Smörblomma (Buttercup), Hundkäx (Cow Parsley) and Midsommarblomster (Woodland Geranium) blossom and peak during the summer solstice of the Northern hemisphere, a period associated with almost constant light throughout the day and night. As a glitch in our reading of the image, the wildflowers are depicted in a manipulated full nighttime scenario as opposed to the images of the flowers that we are used to seeing. […]
Excerpt from the exhibition text by Olga Krzeszowiec