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We Thrive | Ingela Ihrman
9 March 2018 until 13 April 2018
Cooper Gallery is pleased to present the first UK solo exhibition of Swedish artist Ingela Ihrman, ‘We Thrive’. Drawing upon a poetic absurdism characterised by craft and amateur theatrics ‘We Thrive’ contests and subverts how we see and interact with nature. Featuring a giant hogweed, intestines, a giant otter giving birth before a human gaze and a toad doing gymnastics, Ihrman’s artworks index debates on our complex and problematic relationship with invasive species and the anthropomorphising of the animal kingdom.
Rapidly gaining international recognition, Ihrman has in the past few years come to the forefront of a growing and radical reconceptualisation of nature with installations, writing and performances at the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (2015), the Tensta konsthall (2016) and at the 11th Gwangju Biennial: The 8th Climate (What does art do?) (2016).
Seen through the lens of ethnobiology, the scientific study of dynamic relationships among peoples, biota, and environments, Ihrman’s practice aspires to open up alternative ways of ‘being with’ the multiple non-human worlds endlessly thriving inside and outside culture. In taking up this position, Ihrman calls for a new politics that is fundamentally invested with a care for what is stereotypically classified as invasive, abnormal and other.
Join us on the exhibition preview on 8 March 2018 where Ingela will perform her work ‘Giant Otter Giving Birth’.