Bigert & Bergström: Eye of the Storm
After 30 years of collaborating, the Swedish artist duo Mats Bigert (b. 1965) and Lars Bergström (b. 1962) presented the exhibition Eye of the Storm, a selection of works produced between 1990 and 2017.
Bigert & Bergström’s practice is anchored in historic and scientific theories, often relating to social issues and climate change. With its conceptual dimension, their oeuvre is placed in the intersection between humanity, nature and technology. Large-scale installations, sculptures, films and geoengineering projects are used for visual experiences that mobilise our senses and require active participation when moving around the gallery space. Their characteristic aesthetic style and a pinch of humour is employed to offer an easier approach to complex issues by visually materialising scientific allegations.
A central topic in Eye of the Storm was the enormous impact of nature on human life. How do we, as individuals and globally, deal with the extreme weather conditions that seem to be a result of rising temperatures? Do we adapt? Or do we rely on scientists to manipulate the weather on our behalf? And if so, what will be the consequences? To quote the artist duo; For each solution add a new problem.
With suggestive methods, rather than conclusive answers, Bigert & Bergström raise our awareness of the fundamental importance of generating creativity. By placing their works in a global context, we are confronted with how we, depending on cultural and geographical circumstances, respond to different notions of truth. To remind us of this, an underlying mythological and religious aspect infuses some of the works.
After 30 years of practicing together, Bigert & Bergström continue to provide us with new ways of seeing, thinking and understanding the world we live in and the future we are facing.