LOUISE BØGELUND SAUGMANN 'Attracted to Moths' JENNY NORDQUIST ' It will get better if you move to the countryside'

9 JUNE- 19 JUNE 2011

The exhibition shows how two visual artists, Louise Bøgelund Saugmann (DK) and Jenny Nordquist (SE) approach themes
of transience and decay. From two different biological starting points the works explore our powerlessness in the face of the
symbiosis that exists between the human body and the organic processes that control us.
 
The Exhibition is part of Copenhagen Photofestival
 
 
Louise Bøgelund Saugmann (DK)

Attracted to Moths originates from an interest in spaces that represent imbalances and uneasiness in our culture. The project
explores a universe created by the orchard ermine moth, Yponomeuta Padella. The orchard ermine moth is a pest that lives in certain woods during the summer, around which it creates a big silken web to protect itself from the surroundings.

The relationship between nature and culture is fascinating because there is a paradox between nature's own free will and
mankind's need to control it. The orchard ermine moth does not ask of permission to create the web. It creates it exactly where
there are favourable conditions to do it. Through history the desire to challenge and control nature has driven mankind to cultivate nature and in that way ensure control over it. We live in a technological society, but at the same time our body is organic like the plants outside. In this way we are more connected with the organic world and the orchard ermine moth than we believe.

Jenny Nordquist (SE)

It will get better if you move to the countryside explores how our identity is affected by physical change. The involuntary
metamorphosis we experience during illness and physical suffering recalibrates the balance between body and soul.
The photographs and sculptures become fragments of a story about existentialism and bodily decay; we as humans
struggle to match the image we have of ourselves, and the image we believe others have of us.

In our search for physical and psychological alleviation we also have to choose between conventional treatment and
alternative medicine. We can follow the scientifically verified diagnosis or explore the more intangible jungle of natural
medicinal products. The works tackle this dilemma of how our constant pursuit of healing can produce more confusion
than closure.