The exhibition Animalesque brings together an outstanding selection of artworks—film and video, drawing and sculpture, installation and sound art—which invite the museum visitor to rethink the human position in the world, its relationship to all other forms of life and to the various complex ecologies that bond beings together.
A growing awareness of living on an environmentally fragile planet has led artists to reconsider the role of art in responding to what is happening to our world. Many artists have been rethinking the relationship between humans and nature, the effects of changes to the earth’s climate and the ways in which different species are interrelated within a complex causes-effects relationship.
Participating artists are Allora & Calzadilla (USA/Cuba), Pia Arke (Greenland), David Claerbout (Belgium), Marcus Coates (UK), Mary Beth Edelson (USA), Simone Forti (USA), Luca Frei (Switzerland/Sweden), Pierre Huyghe (France), Carsten Höller (Germany/Sweden), Joan Jonas (USA), Annika Larsson (Sweden), Louise Lawler (USA), Britta Marakatt-Labba (Sweden), Amalia Pica (Argentina), Ho Tzu Nyen (Singapore) and Paloma Varga Weisz (Germany).
In tandem with the exhibition and throughout its duration there will be a programme of live events featuring talks with artists and experts, as well as film screenings and discussions that further expand and develop the topics of the show.
Animalesque has been produced by Bildmuseet and is curated by London-based writer Filipa Ramos. A researcher who is interested in the intersection of art, cinema and animal studies, Ramos is the Editor-in-Chief of art-agenda and co-curator of Vdrome. She is a lecturer at Kingston University and Central Saint Martins in London, and at the Institut Kunst, Basel.