Human history relative to natural history amounts to a mere speck in time. The earth was here long before us, and it will be here long after us. Over the 3.5 billion years of life on earth, countless species have come and gone.
While this is a humbling thought, as the planet's dominant species, we are less defined by our humility and more by our chauvinism. The will to survive has become the right to survive, a right whose abuse has made startlingly clear the fragile parameters governing terrestrial life. Our ecological crisis taints all facets of our relationship to nature such that culture and our quest for knowledge can only be juxtaposed against reflections on folly, catastrophe and death. Featuring eight artists, Suicide Narcissus is a group exhibition meant to serve as a contemporary vanitas.
Thomas Baumann (Austria), Haris Epaminonda & Daniel Gustav Cramer, (Berlin) Katie Paterson (London), Nicole Six & Paul Petritsch (Austria), Lucy Skaer (London), Daniel Steegmann Mangrane (Rio De Janeiro)
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