Solo Exhibition by SIIKU
Opening reception Saturday June 11th 14.00-17.00
In Imprint, SIIKU’s new solo exhibition for Augustenborg_Project, the Danish/Greenlandic artist duo focuses on the human imprint upon nature in the context of the current challenge of the climate crisis.
For Imprint, SIIKU takes inspiration from biomimicry (biomimetics) and using prints of ice blocks with frozen acrylic as a working method, the artists relinquish control of the melting process, letting nature to be a co-creator of the artworks. SIIKU thus works in stark contrast to a world in which humans try to tame nature for their own benefit.
The works speak for themselves with a melancholy aesthetic expression in video, painting and installation. The ice used for the prints contains water from the port of Copenhagen and Arresø, as well as the Greenlandic ice sheet, mixed with industrial acrylic paint from China. The result is a creation stemming from the contrasts inherent in The SIIKU Manifesto, which the artists use as a creative compass in their practice.
Imprint reminds us once again that across social strata, gender, religion, age and ethnicity we may not be in the same boat, but we are in the same storm. We are all important little pieces in a complex puzzle when it comes to finding new ways to repair our relationship with the natural world and each other.
SIIKU is a Danish/Greenlandic artist group founded in 2017 by Rasmus Nielsen (b. 1984, Lyngby) and David H. Péronard (b. 1981, Nuuk). The name is inspired by the Greenlandic word for ice, siku, and the artist group works with a focus on creating solidarity and empowerment in a time marked by climate crisis and increased global inequality.
The SIIKU Manifesto is central as a guide for SIIKU’s artistic practice. The manifesto frames SIIKU as a dynamic artist group with the mission to create a new perspective, and at the same time emphasizes the artist group’s idealism and intentional naivete. The manifesto revolves around the contrast of materials and symbolic union.