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Frieze Reviews The Ocean After Nature

Ursula Biemann, film still from Subatlantic, 2015. Courtesy of the artist.

Ursula Biemann, film still from Subatlantic, 2015. Courtesy of the artist.

Posted on July 25, 2016

Wendy Vogel reviews The Ocean After Nature exhibition for Frieze. In her review, Vogel explores the “meditative, essayistic approaches to the theme” of the exhibition taken by the 20 artists and collectives featured in The Ocean After Nature.

…the exhibition’s strength is in its framing of the ocean not just as a site of environmental catastrophe, but as a metaphor for all in nature that cannot be tamed. This is best expressed in works that consider the ocean’s affective qualities – as in Renée Green’s film Endless Dreams and Water Between (2009), an epistolary exchange about ‘archipelago mind’ – rather than in a single powerful image. By offering more poetic speculations than activist solutions, ‘The Ocean After Nature’ is like a diver, breaking the surface to plumb the depths of our perceptions.

Read the entirety of the review here.

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