Animalesque brings together an outstanding selection of artworks - film and video, drawing and sculpture, installation and sound art - that invite museum visitors to rethink the human position in the world, its relationship to all other life forms and to the various complex ecologies that bond beings together.
A growing awareness of living in an environmentally fragile planet led many artists to reconsider the role of art and in responding to current challenges. Many artists have been rethinking the relationship between humans and nature, the effects of changes to the earth's climate and the ways in which all species are caught together within complex causes and effects.
Participating artists are Allora & Calzadilla (USA/Cuba), Pia Arke (Greenland), David Claerbout (Belgium), Marcus Coates (UK), Mary Beth Edelson (USA), Simone Forti (Italy/USA), Luca Frei (Switzerland/Sweden), Pierre Huyghe (France), Carsten Höller (Germany/Sweden), Joan Jonas (USA), Annika Larsson (Sweden), Louise Lawler (USA), Britta Marakatt-Labba (Sweden), Amalia Pica (Argentina/UK), Ho Tzu Nyen (Singapore) and Paloma Varga Weisz (Germany).
In tandem with the exhibition and throughout its duration there will be a programme of live events featuring talks with artists and various experts, as well as film screenings and discussions that further expand and develop the topics of the show.
Animalesque has been produced by Bildmuseet and is curated by London-based writer Filipa Ramos. Interested in the intersection of art, cinema and animal studies, Ramos is the Editor in chief of art-agenda and co-curator of Vdrome. She is a lecturer at Kingston University and Central Saint Martins, London, and at Institut Kunst, Basel.