IMG_1072Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Who am I to Judge, or, It Must be Something Delicious, 2017


Mixing animation, sculpture and sound, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg create psychologically charged scenarios dealing with human and animalistic desires. The artists’ interdisciplinary collaborations increasingly blur the cinematic, ssculptural, and performative in immersive enviroments that pair moving images and musical compositions with related set pieces or built objects. Who am I to Judge, or, It Must be Something Delicious looks at human nature’s capricious and erotic inclinations, capturing those moments when one succumbs to carnal pleasure without thought for morality or social standards. Working collaboratively, Nathalie Djurberg’s claymation vignettes are overlaid with soundtracks produced by Hans Berg, with both sonic and visual elements being edited and combined to create one pulsating enviroment, complemented by a sculptural installation. Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg currently live and work in Berlin, Germany. Born in Lysekil, Sweden in 1978, Nathalie Djurberg received her MFA from Malmö Art Academy, Sweden in 2002. Hans Berg was born in Rättvik, Sweden in 1978 and is a musician, producer and composer, working mainly with electronic music. They have exhibited widely together in group shows, including the 53rd Venice Biennale, Italy in 2009, while recent solo shows include the ‘The Secret Garden’ at the Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2016) – a touring exhibition originally shown at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth, Australia (2016) and Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia (2015) – and ‘Flickers of Day and Night’ at ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark (2015).


IMG_1071Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, Who am I to Judge, or, It Must be Something Delicious, 2017




Berlinde De Bruyckere


Berelinde de BrukyereBerlinde De Bruyckere, My Deer, 2011, Hauser & Wirth


Traditions of the Flemish Renaissance have exerted a profound influence on Belgian artist Berlinde De Bruyckere’s art. Drawing from the legacies of the European Old Masters and Christian iconography, as well as mythology and cultural lore, the artist layers existing histories with new narratives suggested by contemporary world events to create a psychological terrain of pathos, tenderness, and unease. Since 2010, De Bruyckere has been working with the subject of the deer – she was inspired by Ovid’s metamorphoses, especially the legend of the great hunter Actaeon, who was turned into a stag by the Goddess Diana before swiftly being torn to death by his own hounds. In ‘My Deer, 2011–2013’ (2013) the animal, cast in iron, is gently laid across a table. The deer’s delicate limbs and lithe body convey both fragility and strength; as though set upon an altar it is imbued with a ritualistic, almost devotional quality. At once beautiful and haunting, the sculpture exemplifies De Bruyckere’s ability to grapple with the dualities of the human condition. ‘My Deer, 2011–2013’ is installed in the courtyard of the Natural History Museum, Zum Fälklein, Stapfelberg 2-4, Basel, Switzerland.


19398160_10212012988053479_1391269033_nBerlinde De Bruyckere, My Deer, 2011, Hauser & Wirth, PARCOURS Art Basel 2017