Bigert & Bergström
Prognosis
Örebro Konsthall, Örebro, Sweden
18 June – 2 September 2018

 

“Prognosis is an attempt at a physical forecast of the contemporary world. But it is also a grieving process and a memorial to the glaciers and the polar ice that are disappearing. In the first room at Örebro Konsthall, the visitor encounters a group of melting glaciers from different parts of the world, which also look like annoying mounds of snow. Most of us in Sweden are familiar with these sad remnants of the past winter – a concentrate of dirt and gravel piled up by the snowploughs along the streets and squares of the city. The sculptures vary in size and scale, from 1:10 to 1:1,000, thus transporting the viewer from an ant’s perspective to a bird’s-eye view. The sculptures are made of paraffin, a material that is used in candles, and also in theatre and film to create the illusion of snow and ice. Paraffin is a by-product of oil production, which contributes to the paradoxical nature of the works. Their burning wicks contribute to their own demise. One of the geo-engineering techniques used to protect melting glaciers is to cover up large sections of ice with white or reflective blankets. In the Rhône Valley, the ice caves in the lower part of the glacier have been protected each year with plastic tarpaulins that are placed there in the warm, sunny season.”

 

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Bigert & Berström exhibition view “Prognosis” at Örebro Konsthall, Sweden
Photo: Ove Lundkvist
Bigert & Berström “Melting Glacier Annoying Pile of Snow (Kilimanjaro, Tanzania)”, 2018, Paraffin wax, gravel, dirt, candle light
exhibition view “Prognosis” at Örebro Konsthall, Sweden, Photo: Ove Lundkvist
Bigert & Berström detail view “Prognosis” at Örebro Konsthall, Sweden
Photo: Ove Lundkvist
Bigert 6 Bergström “After Sunshine Comes Rain”, 2018, Wood, peas, electric motor, solar power panels 212 × 86 × 110 cm
exhibition view “Prognosis” at Örebro Konsthall, Sweden, Photo: Ove Lundkvist
Bigert & Berström “Melting Glacier Annoying Pile of Snow (Blåmannsisen, Sweden)”, 2018, Paraffin wax, gravel, dirt, candle light 100 × 33 × 80 cm
exhibition view “Prognosis” at Örebro Konsthall, Sweden, Photo: Ove Lundkvist
Bigert & Bergström “Melting Glacier Annoying Pile of Snow (North West Passage, Russia)”, 2018, Paraffin wax, gravel, dirt, candle light
Exhibition view at Örebro Konsthall, Sweden, Photo: Ove Lundkvist
Bigert & Berström “Totality”, 2018, Lambda print on archival paper, iron frame, glass, candle 41 x 41 cm, Photo: HAO Eclipse Archive
exhibition view “Prognosis” at Örebro Konsthall, Sweden, Photo: Ove Lundkvist
Bigert & Berström “Melting Glacier Annoying Pile of Snow (Quelccaya, Peru)”, 2018, Paraffin wax, gravel, dirt, candle light 125 × 28 × 170 cm
exhibition view “Prognosis” at Örebro Konsthall, Sweden, Photo: Ove Lundkvist