“There is a language older by far and deeper than words. It is the language of bodies, of body on body, wind on snow, rain on trees, wave on stone. It is the language of dream, gesture, symbol, memory. We have forgotten this language. We do not even remember that it exists.”Derrick Jensen, A Language Older than Words
In our human centred civilisation, we have long assumed that only we have a language. It has become a central part of our culture to exclude the sounds of nature. Not being exposed to the voices of those we exploit is crucial to our dominance over them, writes Derrick Jensen.
In this exhibition we want to open up the senses to a world that includes the more-than-human perspective and create an awareness of the invisible connections that are lacking in our times. To see the world as a common home with rights for all life. What we do to nature, we ultimately do to ourselves.
What we have in common is art that enters into dialogue with nature through sensuality and humility to creation. In our artistic work we listen to the voices above and below the ground, and are in search of the invisible connections between the living.
Photos from the exhibition Jordvendt at Fredrikstad kunstforening 15th January – 6th February 2022, with Anna Widén, Toril Rygh og Gry Hege Johansen.