‘Do you need me or do I need you?’ focuses on human’s ambivalent relationship with nature and their capacity and need for controlling it. Manufactured as well as organic materials and their aesthetic qualities merge narrating a poetic ensemble of a controlled and encapsulated environment, the modern human dream: taming nature. It is a western belief that nature and humans are different entities, we thus have to either rule  or be subjected to the forces of it. We encounter ourselves having entered a new geological era: The Anthropocene, which refers to humans as the predominant force to influence earth;  to nature being formed by mankind to the degree  that it no longer exists in its ‘natural’ state. What is the our relationship to the world outside our skin, the space beyond our bodies, to the other-than human? Can we let go of control and give back respect even when the natural wonders lose their mystery?
Ceramics, scaffolding tubes, colored light, plants
Photographs: Ariane Toussaint
Text: Lorena Solís Bravo

2020, The Hague

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