Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg at Prada Rong Zhai, Shanghai
26 October 2021
Prada presents 'A Moon Wrapped in Brown Paper', an exhibition by Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg, with the support of Fondazione Prada. Curated by Yang Beichen, the project will be on view from 11 November 2021 to 9 January 2022 at Prada Rong Zhai, a 1918 historic residence in Shanghai restored by Prada and reopened in October 2017.
Since 2004 Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg have worked closely together as an artistic duo. Through videos, animations, installations and sculptural works they create transgressive narratives suspended between the grotesque and the dramatic and evoke scenarios charged with emotional tension.
'A Moon Wrapped in Brown Paper' —a title which pays homage to Valentine, a poem by British author Carol Ann Duffy— brings together a selection of sculptures and videos realized from 2000 to 2019. An organic carpet connecting the rooms of Prada Rong Zhai’s ground floor and a multi-layered labyrinth, both created by Djurberg and Berg, allows visitors to dive into their dreamlike and disturbing universe. The exhibition is conceived as a smooth landscape in which each of their works creates a narrative micro-universe populated by fairy tale characters, animals, post-humans and strange creatures. Within these violent, erotic, seductive and whimsical fantasies that penetrate the dark side of human beings, the roles of protagonist and antagonist, victim and perpetrator often blur, just as cultural and social conventions morph until they dissolve.
Read more about the exhibition here.