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About Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
Mixing animation, sculpture and sound, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg create psychologically charged scenarios dealing with human and animalistic desires. The artists’ interdisciplinary collaborations increasingly blur the cinematic, sculptural and performative in immersive environments that pair moving images and musical compositions with related set pieces or built objects.
Since 2001, Djurberg has developed a distinctive style of filmmaking, using clay animation to dramatise the basest of natural instincts from jealousy, revenge and greed, to submission and lust. Djurberg’s partner, the musician and composer Hans Berg, conjures up the atmospheric sound effects and scores the hypnotic music for Djurberg’s animations and installations. In 2004 they began working closely together as a duo to create transgressive narratives rich in symbolic meaning and emotional reach, mining allegorical myths and grotesque, nightmarish visions in pieces such as Tiger Licking Girl’s Butt (2004), We Are Not Two, We Are One (2008) and A Thief Caught in the Act (2015), which was presented at Art Basel Hong Kong’s ‘Encounters’ section in 2016.
Born in Lysekil, Sweden and Rättvik, Sweden respectively, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg currently live and work in Berlin, Germany. They have exhibited widely together in group shows, including the 53rd Venice Biennale, Italy in 2009, while recent solo exhibitions have been held at the Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, China, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Australia, and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2016); ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark and Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany (2015); ICA, Boston, USA (2014); Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia (2013); and Camden Arts Centre, London, UK (2011).