Anything but a paradise
Climate change, environmental pollution, viruses and mutual tension are tangible threats in the world we inhabit today.
So, instead of proposing a utopia to strive for, contemporary artists try to analyse the current state of being – the state of our 'paradise' today – and point the viewer to the reality in which we live by means of an experience.
In the context of this, the twelve invited contemporary artists have filled a space with their view on today's chaotic world.
The 'paradise ' in Kunsthal KAdE starts in the main hall, which is filled with a street garden designed by LOLA Landscape Architects that literally bursts out of the pavement tiles.
With this garden, the design agency explores the way in which nature, as an unstoppable force, recaptures the city.
‘Eruption’ is a floor-filling street garden that bursts out of the pavement.
The presentation is completed with a selection of works by artists, such as Michael Raedecker, Armando and Sanam Khatibi, that each visualises a paradoxical paradise.
The paradise is an idealised landscape, a projection of desires, and provides in abundance what the everyday landscape lacks.
While this was originally food, water and security, a new shortage has arisen in Western urban societies: contact with nature.
For a long time, the resulting longing for nature was a reason to travel far, but this is slowly making way for a local and collective alternative.
What it symbolises
Eruption sees the city being broken open and facade, roof and food gardens are emerging everywhere.
Plus, our security is also threatened in a new and more fundamental way – by the climate.
Embankment, afforestation and rewilding are important in the fight against global warming and with Eruption, the new paradise lies beneath the pavement – nature bursts out of an urban floor.
In this eruption of primeval nature, ferns and tree ferns grow – plants that were already present in the Netherlands 300 million years ago and whose remains form the basis for today's fossil fuels.
They take CO2 from the atmosphere and cool the earth with it.