I sommarens utställning Varm saft ställer Ingela Ihrman frågor om vilken betydelse växter och djur har i våra liv. Ihrman utgår från ett etnobiologiskt perspektiv, som undersöker hur människan använder och uppfattar naturen.
Ingela Ihrman is interested in the way people interact with other species, our view of and approach to nature. In selfconstructed plant and animal costumes she asks questions about the social significance of animals and plants in our lives. She describes her perspective as ethnobiological, i.e. that "nature in itself" does not interest her, but rather how man uses and perceives nature.
Ihrman’s art may seem absurd and humorous but is also poetic with a great seriousness. It chafes but is loving at the same time. The artist raises questions of norm criticism, identity and affiliation. What does it mean to not be welcome into the "normal"? There are reflections of not fitting in, but also creating alternative possibilities and interpretations, both for humans, plants and animals. Ihrman does not say what's right or wrong, but raises the question of what it's like to be human.
The exhibition includes the work Jan Lindblad Film Festival 2018. Ihrman has been influenced by the popular Swedish wildlife photographer/filmmaker´s rich production from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Highlights such as Anaconda wrestling and Our Tigers are included. See special program. Thanks to Jan Lindblad Jr.
Ingela Ihrman (born 1985) grew up in Kalmar, graduated from Konstfack 2012 and is now based in Malmö. Ihrman has previously performed at Kristianstads konsthall 2011 with the group Hägersten Botanical Garden. In 2016 she participated in the Gwangju biennale in South Korea with her work The Giant Hogweed, and recently she exhibited at the University of Dundee, Scotland and at Tensta Konsthall.
Kristianstads konsthall focus in 2018 is on the theme of nature and sustainability. Besides Warm Juice this year’s program includes the exhibitions Stenens röst (The Stone’s Voice) and Man and Biosphere - precarious situations.