Lisson Gallery Now Represents Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
Mixing animation, sculpture and sound, Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg create psychologically charged scenarios dealing with human and animalistic desires. 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. Her 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’ and ‘We Are Not Two, We Are One’. The artists’ interdisciplinary collaborations increasingly blur the cinematic, the sculptural, and the performative in immersive environments that pair moving images and musical compositions with related set pieces or built objects.
Curatorial director of the Lisson Gallery, Greg Hilty, comments that, ‘Nathalie and Hans are constantly pushing the possibilities of their forms, ideas and materials. Their collaborative practice also reflects the gallery’s ongoing support for the next generation of exceptional international artists.’
Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg currently live and work in New York. They are exhibiting ‘The Black Pot’ at The Garage Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow until August 25 and will open a solo show at the Kunsthalle Helsinki on August 16.
About Lisson Gallery
Lisson Gallery is one of the most influential and longest-running international contemporary art galleries in the world. Established in 1967 by Nicholas Logsdail, it pioneered the early careers of important Minimal and Conceptual artists, such as Sol LeWitt and Richard Long, as well as those of significant British sculptors from Anish Kapoor and Tony Cragg to a younger generation led by Ryan Gander and Haroon Mirza. Lisson Gallery represents 42 of the most innovative and exciting artists working today, including six winners of the Turner Prize and many recipients of the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale. With two exhibition spaces in London, one in Milan and an office in New York, the gallery supports and develops artists globally, including Marina Abramovič, Allora and Calzadilla, Ai Weiwei, Gerard Byrne, Liu Xiaodong, Tatsuo Miyajima, Rashid Rana, Pedro Reyes and Santiago Sierra. TheLisson Presents programme also extends a legacy of curatorial innovation beyond the gallery spaces, working with institutions and artists to present new initiatives around the world.