The Drought

Bigert & Bergström’s exhibition The Drought continues the duo’s investigation into various climatic threats and how man and earth respond to them.

The works originate from two research trips in the Mediterranean region; one to the ancient salt pans of Margherita di Savoia on the Adriatic coast of Italy, and one to the newly built desalination plant at the Llobregat River outside Barcelona in Spain.

The crystal photo sculptures, inverted space molecule and glass montages document the sites of these opposites where fresh water scarcity is the premise for production. One facility subtracts the salt and the other extracts it from the enormous basin of the sea. Salt, once a precious commodity that got its name from the word salary because it was used as payment for Roman soldiers, is now often a substance associated with contaminated freshwater reservoirs. The two locations reflect both the desperation involved in tackling the recurring heat waves of the region and the newfound profits being made in a landscape of transition.

Other parts of the project are two sculptures. The looped hourglass, blown out of proportion and filled with 100 kg of salt, conjures a deus ex machina suggesting that we have infinite time on our hands to grapple with the crisis of an atmosphere in flux. The other is a large, ceiling-hung mobile, which balances its rotating hourglasses against a large white brain. Here, thought and time fight for equilibrium in an ocean of air.

During the summer of 2013 the exhibition was shown at the Castle of Barletta, as part of the larger project Watershed, organized by the Italian art organization Eclettica International. In September-October 2013 parts of the project are being exhibited at Contexts in Paris. In November-December 2013 at Niklas Belenius Gallery, Stockholm. In January-March 2014 the project will be presented at Varberg Kunsthall, Sweden.

In connection with the exhibition, the artists have published The Drought, a 72-page field guide on the project. The book was designed by Björn Kusoffsky and the opening essay Sea Thirst and Fear was written by D.Graham Burnett.


 

Download a pdf of The Drought field-guide here.

Salt Beach No Wind
UV-printed photo on three-layer glass,
aluminum, wooden frame
160 x 100 x 6 cm
Bigert & Bergström 2013

Images

Texts

Reverse Osmosis Plant
UV-printed photo on vinyl foil,
acrylic spheres, low energy lights
140 x 88 x 100 cm
Photo: Jean-Baptiste Beranger
Bigert & Bergström 2013
Reverse Osmosis Plant, cl_up
UV-printed photo on vinyl foil,
acrylic spheres, low energy lights
140 x 88 x 100 cm
Photo: Jean-Baptiste Beranger
Bigert & Bergström 2013
Reverse Osmosis Plant, cl_up
UV-printed photo on vinyl foil,
acrylic spheres, low energy lights
140 x 88 x 100 cm
Photo: Jean-Baptiste Beranger
Bigert & Bergström 2013
Salt Life Tooth Time
UV-printed photo on three-layer glass,
aluminum, wooden frame
160 x 100 x 6 cm
Bigert & Bergström 2013
No Fair Weather
UV-printed photo on glass,
aluminum, wooden frame
70 x 100 x 6 cm
Bigert & Bergström 2013
Salt Think Factory
UV-printed photo on three-layer glass,
aluminum, wooden frame
160 x 100 x 6 cm
Bigert & Bergström 2013
Evaporated Landscape Synoptic Mist
UV-printed photo on glass,
aluminum, wooden frame
70 x 100 x 6 cm
Bigert & Bergström 2013
Salt Sea Haze
UV-printed photo on three-layer glass,
aluminum, wooden frame
100 x 70 x 6 cm
Bigert & Bergström 2013
No Mild Rain
UV-printed photo on glass,
aluminum, wooden frame
100 x 70 x 6 cm
Bigert & Bergström 2013
Crystal Time Eternal Vapor
UV-printed photo on three-layer glass,
aluminum, wooden frame
160 x 100 x 6 cm
Bigert & Bergström 2013
Hourglass
Stainless steel, salt, compressor,
vacuum system, acrylic glass
90 x 90 x 190 cm
Photo: Jean-Baptiste Beranger
Bigert & Bergström 2013
Hourglass
Stainless steel, salt, compressor,
vacuum system, acrylic glass
90 x 90 x 190 cm
Photo: Jean-Baptiste Beranger
Bigert & Bergström 2013
Salt Pan Crystal I
UV-printed photo on laser-cut
acrylic, silicon, low energy lights
35 x 50 x 35 cm
Photo: Jean-Baptiste Beranger
Bigert & Bergström 2013
Salt Pan Crystal II
UV-printed photo on laser-cut
acrylic, silicon, low energy lights
35 x 50 x 35 cm
Photo: Jean-Baptiste Beranger
Bigert & Bergström 2013
Salt Pan Crystal III
UV-printed photo on laser-cut
acrylic, silicon, low energy lights
35 x 50 x 35 cm
Photo: Jean-Baptiste Beranger
Bigert & Bergström 2013
Salt Pan Crystal IV
UV-printed photo on laser-cut
acrylic, silicon, low energy lights
35 x 50 x 35 cm
Photo: Jean-Baptiste Beranger
Bigert & Bergström 2013
Salt Pan Crystal V
UV-printed photo on laser-cut
acrylic, silicon, low energy lights
35 x 50 x 35 cm
Photo: Jean-Baptiste Beranger
Bigert & Bergström 2013
Salt Pan Crystal VI
UV-printed photo on laser-cut
acrylic, silicon, low energy lights
35 x 50 x 35 cm
Photo: Jean-Baptiste Beranger
Bigert & Bergström 2013
Salt Pan Crystal VII
UV-printed photo on laser-cut
acrylic, silicon, low energy lights
35 x 50 x 35 cm
Photo: Jean-Baptiste Beranger
Bigert & Bergström 2013
Salt Pan Crystal VIII
UV-printed photo on laser-cut
acrylic, silicon, low energy lights
35 x 50 x 35 cm
Photo: Jean-Baptiste Beranger
Bigert & Bergström 2013
Invitation card The Drought, Castello di Barletta
Invitation card The Drought, Contexts, Paris
Poster, The Drought, Niklas Belenius Gallery, 2014
Poster, The Drought, Varberg Konsthall, 2014

Contact

Studio Bigert & Bergström

Address:
Västmannagatan 73
113 26 Stockholm
Sweden

Email:
post@bigertbergstrom.com

Mats Bigert
Phone:
+46 708 57 86 52
Email:
bigert@bigertbergstrom.com

Lars Bergström
Phone:
+46 708 57 86 53
Email:
bergstrom@bigertbergstrom.com

Represented by:
Gallery Niklas Belenius, Stockholm

Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
Cis Art Lodgers, Barcelona

 

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