nabbteeri whatever lives bends down

26 August 2023 26 November 2023

Solo exhibition, Main hall

Curator: Emilia Rosenqvist

whatever lives bends down shows a powerful memento mori installation in Färgfabriken’s main hall. The installation portrays the withered beauty of the garden and the hidden scenery of the cycle of life and death. Everything done in collaboration with the small organisms we often overlook, crawling and growing in the earth’s hiding places. This is the Finnish artist collective nabbteeri´s first solo exhibition in Sweden.

Installation view, 2023. Photo: Johan Österholm.

nabbteeri primarily works with site-specific installations, which in many cases include borrowed or recycled material from the local environment. Their work often departs from a mapping process, where they negotiate with the place and incorporate both its history, available materials and spatial conditions as carriers of meaning in their work. Organic matters and leftover materials are combined and mixed with digital handicraft and 3D-animated landscapes. In the animations nabbteeri merges quotidian footage with superimposed 3D-objects to construct moving image assemblages, where elements seem to be in constant strange motion.

By shifting focus, from a human-centered point of view, nabbteeri seeks to learn from different constellations of species, hoping to renegotiate how we can share spaces and find possibilities of building good life and death together. Something that can create the conditions for imagining a different existence beyond the contemporary oil-lubricated experience.

Installation view, 2023. Photo: Mubin Shirzad.

Installation view, 2023. Photo: Johan Österholm.

Installation view, 2023. Photo: Mubin Shirzad.

Portrait of the artist collective nabbteeri at the Venice Biennale 2019. Photo: Pirje Mykkänen/Finnish National Gallery.

About the artists

Janne Nabb (b. 1984) and Maria Teeri (b. 1985) began to collaborate during their studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kankaanpää and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, where they graduated in 2011. As artists they began to playfully challenge ideas around identity, ending up by regarding themselves as a unit, a four-handed artist collective. Among other things, nabbteeri has represented Finland in the Nordic pavilion during the Venice Biennale 2019.

Interview with nabbteeri

Artist statement

nabbteeri webpage

nabbteeri cv

Image: Work in progress, nabbteeri.

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