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16. November - 26. April

Thoreau´s World

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While 202 years have passed since the birth of environmentalist, naturalist, writer and philosopher Henry David Thoreau, his ideas about the relationship between man and nature have rarely been more relevant than they are today. He pointed out the importance of moderation in human actions, so as to avoid disrupting the balance between nature’s productive capacity and what is consumed. He foresaw the consequences of unchecked and irresponsible utilisation of natural resources and he has been an influence on thinking about nature conservation.

In the exhibition Thoreau´s World at the LÁ Art Museum, three women artist of different generations address Thoreau´s ideology as expressed in his Walden, or Life in the Woods. The book is inspired by his own experience of turning his back on urban society to live alone in the woods on the banks of Walden Pond in Massachusetts, USA.

Thoreau´s World is curator Inga Jónsdóttir´s endeavour to bring together the work of three women artists of different generation into a significant entity. The outcome is an installation which plays upon the senses, leading the observer to consider the broad context where physical, symbolic and spiritual worlds meet. The artists´ endeavours constitute an intriguing assemblage, although they did not need to move out into the woods in order to find their bonds with nature. All the works have a clear connection to the environment –whether in Hildur Hákonardóttir´s braided tussocks, Elín Gunnlaugsdóttir´s cock-crow, or Eva Bjarnadóttir´s implements and connections. 


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