Tree and Soil

Antoinette de Jong & Robert Knoth

The Dutch artist duo Antoinette de Jong & Robert Knoth photograph and film the natural environment surrounding Fukushima, Japan, in the wake of the nuclear disaster. Ten years ago, considerable amounts of radioactive material were released there from the damaged nuclear power plant following a tsunami. The works entitled Tree and Soil illustrate in stunning images how the environment has slowly changed and evolved over the years. The exhibition at the KUNST HAUS WIEN Garage features photographic works, a video installation, interviews, and illustrations.

With Tree and Soil we underline the intrinsic beauty and value of nature. Connecting past and present, we examine the relationship people have with their natural surroundings. Following the radical transformation of the deserted landscapes around Fukushima, we often felt like archaeologists of the future, trying to understand what had happened in a distant past.’ – Antoinette de Jong & Robert Knoth

The artists were inspired by the Japanese concept of landscape known as Fukei, which combines the characters for wind and light, two elements subject to change in a continuous play of light and dark. Poetic panoramic pictures show evacuated villages, fields, agricultural grounds as well as forests and mountains. Audio recordings create a soundscape of birdsong and running water, with lengthy video shots reflecting the process of slow marginal changes to the landscapes.

Guest curator: Iris Sikking

With the kind support of

Mondriaanfund

EXHIBITION PROGRAM

OPENING 

THU 19.10.21, 19:00 - 21:00

ARTIST TALK 

Curator Iris Sikking in coversation with Antoinette de Jong & Robert Knoth
DI 19.10.21, 19:30

Limited number of participants, registration required: anmeldung@kunsthauswien.com

Conditions of participation according to current Covid 19 protection measures


FUTURE TALK

Klima, Kunst und Kernkraft, Moderation: Michael Huber, Kurier
MO 15.11.21, 18:00

Limited number of participants, registration required: anmeldung@kunsthauswien.com
Conditions of participation according to current Covid 19 protection measures

An event of the KUNST HAUS WIEN in cooperation with the daily newspaper KURIER as part of the VIENNA ART WEEK

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