‘MIDSUMMER: «BACK TO NATURE»’
BY ELISE STORSVEEN AND ELINE MUGAAS
AS PART OF ‘HUMAN VALLEY’ AT KUNSTHALLE ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND
CURATED BY DOMINIQUE GONZALEZ-FOERSTER AND TRISTAN BERA
Exhibition Dates: 21 April–17 June 2012
Press Preview: Thursday 19 April, 16:00
Opening Reception: Friday 20 April, 18:00-–21:00
'Midsummer: «Back to Nature»' is the fifth and final chapter of ‘Human Valley’, a one-year project by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Tristan Bera for Kunsthalle Zürich at the Museum Bärengasse, Zürich, Switzerland. ‘Human Valley’ is presented by the two curators as a ‘one-year project for hybrid presentations of borderline topics in an area comprising three rooms inspired by Jean-Luc Godard's film Une Femme Mariée (1964), with first an entrance resembling a provincial cineclub, then a bedroom for two with books on bookshelves, and also a projection room’. Une Femme Mariée is built up by a collection of fragments, an idea that Elise Storsveen and Eline Mugaas continue in their project. The artists are playing with their ongoing zine series ALBUM#'s favorite topics like nudity and the universe, desire, melancholy, motherhood and lonely men. According to the artists, 'Midsummer: «Back to Nature»' 'looks to the notion of nature, as seen through images found in books from discarded archives'. The artists further say that 'the books have left their alphabetical order and are reorganised in small groups, based on visual clues. Turned inside out and without their explanatory texts, photographs of things that occurred some time ago take on a new presence as they start communicating with each other. Research has been conducted to see if there is a possibility for a return to the wild'.
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About the artists
Elise Storsveen (b.1969 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Oslo) graduated from the Norwegian National Academy of Craft and Art Industry and the Norwegian National Academy of Fine Arts (Now Oslo National Academy of the Arts). Recent solo exhibitions include 'Fyktelige angrep i ly av', Gallery Trafo, Asker, Norway (2009); 'A week of Kindness' (with Are Myklebost), 0047, Oslo (2008) and 'It's All In Your Mind', Galleri Bouhlou, Bergen (2006). Group exhibitions include 'Take Me To Your Leader', The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo (2010); 'Rock Paper Scissors', Galerie Susan Nielsen, Paris, France (2009); 'Cut-ups', Centrum för fotografi, Stockholm, Sweden (2009) and 'Cons and Idols', Kistefoss Museet, Kistefoss, Norway (2008). Together with Eline Mugaas she is publishing the zine ALBUM#. Until 14 May 2012 ALBUM# 1-5 is presented at the Library of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA, as part of the exhibition ‘Millenium Magazines’.
Eline Mugaas (b.1969 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Oslo) is a graduate from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, NY, USA. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Face of young man half in shadow’ Galleri Riis, Oslo (2010); ‘Skin flick’, Galleri Riis (2008) and 'Some Cities', Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway (2007). She has participated in exhibitions such as 'Cities ReImagined', MoCAV, Novi Sad, Serbia (2010); 'Fake Snow', Galleri Riis, Oslo (2008); 'Recent History of Norwegian Photography', Stenersen Museet, Oslo (2007); 'Syntetische Natur', Kunstraum D-21 Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany (2007) and ‘Likheter & Forskjeller / Similarities & Differences, New Norwegian Photography’, Preus Museum, Horten, Norway (2005). Together with Elise Storsveen she is publishing the Zine ALBUM#. Until 14 May 2012 ALBUM# 1-5 is presented at the Library of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA, as part of the exhibition ‘Millenium Magazines’.
The participation of Elise Storsveen and Eline Mugaas in ‘Human Valley’ is supported by OCA's International Support Programme.