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Stick your finger in the soil to smell where you are

Lars Nordby together with the artists Jon Benjamin Tallerås, Audar Kantun, Beatrice Alexanian, Radostin Sedevchev

15 December 2022-15 February 2023

White cube

Opening

15.12.2022., 18:00 hour

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Tuesday - Sunday / 12 pm - 8 pm

Stick your finger in the soil to smell where you are

Lars Nordby together with the artists Jon Benjamin Tallerås, Audar Kantun, Beatrice Alexanian, Radostin Sedevchev

The group show, titled Stick your finger in the soil to smell where you are, contains individual works based on the starting point of an installation of scaffolding. The artists are invited to respond to what constitutes the scaffolding of reality and incorporate photography and digital imagery as an extended gaze into the glitches of humanity's features. What lived experiences unite us? And what drives us apart? How is our sense of self-evolving, both individually and as a society? What role do narrative, artifice, and manipulation play in photographic discourse? And to what extent do we ethically succumb to our surroundings, personally and interpersonally?


Scaffolding metaphorically functions as the skeleton of human social behaviors, vessels yet to be filled with consciousness and sentiments of denial, fury, and love. Why do we constantly designate yet detach ourselves from the open-ended structures of life? In our times, it seems the essential questions of reality get eclipsed by how we cope with reality. Exploring the absurdity of humans' passion for locus, as emphasized by the title, Stick your finger in the soil to smell where you are - one may wonder why the exhibition contains no presence of people.

To what extent does the afterlife of an artwork constitute ethics? With his series of photographs, Radostin Sedevchev takes responsibility into account. We see a transposition of his art installation from a museum to his father's garden, becoming a functional entity for vegetable growth.

With emotional overdrive, Audar Kantun tackles the hyper-human approach to self-reflectivity. With his photo series, Kantun juxtaposes natural beauty with chaotic human genius.

There is a necessary emptiness within the material unfoldings in Beatrice Alexanian's photo series. Alexanian summons constructions of decay and picture futility as an essential human feature.

Jon Benjamin Tallerås punctuates our unconditional marriage with our mundane surroundings, questioning our constant rhythms in everyday life. Swaying amongst concrete realities, Tallerås strips away the quintessential riddles that keep us in check from an insane dive into the abyss and communicates the sanctuary connections between humans and the urban environment.

Together with the invited artists for this show, I exhibit a photo series that lacks an unfolding narrative. Thus, Stick your finger in the soil to smell where you are is an ode to unconditional existentialism.


Lars Nordby, 2022

Lars Nordby together with the artists Jon Benjamin Tallerås, Audar Kantun, Beatrice Alexanian, Radostin Sedevchev

Artists Jon Benjamin Tallerås, Audar Kantun, Beatrice Alexanian, Radostin Sedevchev invited by Lars Nordby

Audar Kantun, Mountain, 2022
Lars Nordby, Pull I, 2022
Radostin Sedevchev, Charnel greenhouse, 2022
Jon Benjamin Tallerås, Excerpts lll, 2022
Beatrice Alexanian, Silent structure (had to build the knowledge), 2022