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GROUP EXHIBITION at Botkyrka konsthall, Tumba. 14 March – 6 September, 2015.
Julia Adzuki, Lisa Jeannin & Rolf Schuurmans, Valeria Montti Colque, Johan Thurfjell and Cecilia Ömalm.

PROGRAMME
27 May, 6 – 8 PM: Lecture and ritual-performance with Lisa Jeannin, Katarina Falkenberg and Erika Dickmark. Katarina Falkenberg, founder of the Alchemical Academy, introduce the performance-ritual with a lecture on alchemical traditions in relation to art.

THIS SPRING Botkyrka Konsthall presents a group exhibition that aims to highlight and explore “Dark Matter”, be it psychologically, spiritually, politically or scientifically speaking.

In science there is an intensifying quest to unravel the mystery behind the undetectable matter that accounts for 95% of what universe is made of. However, dark matter and dark energy remain an intriguing mystery that keeps baffling and inspiring physicists and astronomers worldwide.

Humankind has always sought knowledge of its place in the world and Universe giving expression to many myths and religions. The exhibition Dark Matter sets out to explore existential and cosmic dimensions through alchemical experiments, mythological stories and journeys into the mystical.

Since the dawn of industrialisation, art has been increasingly engaging in various aspects of mysticism and realms invisible to our everyday perception, something that could be explained in relation to a society that nurtures rational efficiency through technological progress. The artists in the exhibition approach the hidden and elusive areas in our world, something that may shed light on new ways to imagine and re-formulate what our world can be.

In this context, the actual art object can be viewed as an allegory of “dark matter” where the process behind the work, when communicated to the viewer, creates the experience. The art experience can be subversive, emotional, enlightening, provocative or perhaps confirmatory.

It can be all of the above or something entirely different.

JULIA ADZUKI sets out to evoke a sensual exchange between the body and its surroundings in order to approach an understanding of nature’s continuous interaction. She works with ephemeral materials such as ice and snow, or organic matters such as the kombucha culture. By combining wearable objects and somatic bodily movements, she explores the boundary between inner and outer landscapes.

LISA JEANNIN & ROLF SCHUURMANS are interested in alchemy and the healing power of plants. They explore the underlying patterns of the pure energy that permeates everything: people, nature and plants. In this comprehensive force field alchemical elixirs are created according to ancient principles based on the motto “to separate and assemble”. Lisa & Rolf want to show alternative ways of understanding the world and our existence in the Universe.

LISA JEANNIN & ROLF SCHUURMANS are interested in alchemy and the healing power of plants. They explore the underlying patterns of the pure energy that permeates everything: people, nature and plants. In this comprehensive and powerful field, alchemical elixirs are created according to ancient principles based on the motto “to separate and assemble”. Lisa & Rolf want to show alternative ways of understanding the world and our existence in the Universe.

VALERIA MONTTI COLQUE draws her inspiration from myths and religions from around the world. In her performances, installations, masks and photographs she creates a dense imagery where the human fear of evil jostles with the hope for goodness. Symbols of light and dark, order and chaos are converted into new meanings in the context that surrounds them. Central to Valeria’s work is, however, the individual and her journey through life.

JOHAN THURFJELL works with his very own personal universe and often dives into its subconscious aspects. He tells of how, after a year full of sad events, he ended up in Ireland where he became familiar with some of the country’s rich mythology. Among the creatures of these mythological stories, he found Dobar Cú, the dark wet hound that guards the gates to the underworld, a gate we all must pass through at some point in life.

CECILIA ÖMALM works with the many historical, spiritual, and psychological layers of architecture. She takes the viewer beyond the linear field and its physical dimensions. In her work, Cecilia is fascinated by sites and architectural elements that are loaded with symbolism: gates, mazes and temples. By putting together various fragments and perspective she opens up for the viewer a renewed experience of places and spatial conditions.

The exhibition also includes a scientific poster of dark matter’s distribution in the Universe generated by the Planck Institute satellite. Scientific discoveries are often presented in poster format as a simple way to explain something difficult and complex. We are here shown a model of something that has eluded scientists for decades. How do we best describe this phenomenon and are these models to be regarded as an absolute truth?

Dark Matter also includes a tarot card deck with illustrations by HIERONYMUS BOSCH. The deck is compiled by A. ATANASSOV and printed in 2001 by Lo Scarabeo in Italy. Hieronymus Bosch was an artist working during the 15th century in Holland. His multi-layered imagery, lavishly rich in symbolism, has inspired artists and mystics worldwide in their interpretations of the world.


EXHIBITION:
14 March – 6 Sept. 2015
Botkyrka konsthall, Tumba

ARTISTS:
Julia Adzuki
Lisa Jeannin & Rolf Schuurmans
Valeria Montti Colque
Johan Thurfjell
Cecilia Ömalm

CURATOR:
Joanna Sandell

PRODUCER:
Anna Jönsson

TECHNICIAN:
Patrick Dallard