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Establishing Eden - Persijn Broersen and Margit Lukács

Galleries Akinci

Lijnbaansgracht 317
1017 WZ Amsterdam
info@akinci.nl
+31 (0)20 638 04 80

Open Tue - Sat / 13-18 hrs

Exhibition 30 Apr — 9 Jul

Opening 30 Apr, 17-19 hrs

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Persijn Broersen  Margit Lukács Establishing Eden 2015 videostill  Courtesy AKINCI Amsterdam

In Establishing Eden, Broersen & Lukács focus on the establishment shot: the moment a landscape is identified and becomes one of the main protagonists in a film. In blockbusters like 'Avatar' (James Cameron, 2009) and the film series 'Lord of the Rings' (Peter Jackson, 2001-2014), these shots have been used to capture and confiscate the nature of New Zealand, propagating itself as a new Eden, evergreen and unspoilt. Here, fiction takes over reality: mountains and forests exist under the name of their cinematic alter-ego’s.

Broersen & Lukács travelled through the wilderness of New Zealand to capture these landscapes, and with that, they appropriate the nature of New Zealand once again. Creating an architecture of fragments connected by the camera-movement of a perpetual establishment shot, they show this Eden as a series of many possible realities, an illusion that just as easily comes together as it falls apart.

About Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács:

Margit Lukács (Amsterdam, 1973) & Persijn Broersen (Delft, 1974) are artists living and working in Amsterdam. They work in a wide variety of media—most notably video, animation and graphics—producing a myriad of works that reflect on the depiction of nature in our increasingly virtual society. With intricate layers of (filmed) footage, digital animation and images appropriated from the media, they demonstrate how reality, (mass) media and fiction are strongly intertwined in contemporary culture.
Broersen and Lukács studied at the Sandberg Institute and at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Their newest work Establishing Eden was recently nominated for the IFFR Tiger Awards 2016. Their films, installations and graphic work have been shown internationally, at a.o. Biennale of Sydney (Australia), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (the Netherlands), MUHKA (Belgium), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Shanghai World Expo, and Casa Enscendida (Madrid). Their films have been shown at several festivals including LAForum (Los Angeles), Kassel Dokumentar und Filmfestival, Paris Rencontres (France, Germany and Spain, the New York Film Festival, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, and the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

 

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