Andreas R Andersson's digital exhibition at Göteborgs Konsthall.
Andreas R Andersson: As The Breeze Moved On They Came To A Halt
14 August 2020 - 10 January 2021
Curated by: Liv Stoltz
Göteborgs Konsthall, Gotheburg
The rooms in Andreas R Andersson's exhibition are scarily authentic, struck by such an unexpected and biting cold that it is difficult to imagine how we once could move through them. As experienced visitors, we can still recognize the space of the gallery, the light and the white walls. But everything is desolate now, like forbidden zones where the last breaths must have turned into a crippling carbon dioxide poisoning.
What perhaps strikes us first is the sculpted image of two frozen bodies, once idealized for their crusades and their colonial conquests. Here they are reminiscent of a strange manifestation and a kind of apology for all of us missionaries and prospectors who never wanted to see how our beliefs, our actions and the hunt for trophies constantly contributed to mass death and an impoverished earth. A land that had to become someone else's worries and crumbs to try to survive on.
Then they appear one by one; the tracks that lead into the snow and through the broken landscapes. We are soon facing huge machines. Unsentimental relics that seem to have frozen stuck in the tundra. In the exhibition, they are darkly luminous and digital mirages. In reality, they are repressed wounds in time and an almost self-sustaining weapons in the occupying power and banal violence of the global economy. A violence that flows from the excited notion of eternal production and that tirelessly chews continent after continent, ravages, explodes and tears.
Andreas R Andersson (born. 1982) is an artist living in the small village of Arvidsjaur, near the Arctic Circle in Sweden/Sápmi. With his violent sterile installations, the burnt-out blackness in his sculptures and an ability to combine hand-crafted materials with mass-produced everyday objects, Andersson creates a weird picture of today's cultural and political landscape. He´s projects shows how life extends beyond its own subjective limits and often tells a story about the effects of global cultural and political problems over the last 21st century. Andersson is educated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Valand Academy, Gothenburg and Konstfack, Stockholm (SWE). He has exhibited his work across Europe, China and the United States.
Photo: Piotr Krzaczkowski, Andreas R Andersson