ArtJunk
No. 49—2023

In the Beginning

Julius von Bismarck

Info: In the process of his ongoing examination of that which is socially negotiated as nature, Julius von Bismarck travelled to Madagascar—a biodiversity hotspot that has been settled by humans for a comparatively short time, only about 2000 years. Von Bismarck’s solo exhibition focuses on human intervention in misunderstood systems and the impossibility of conserving the living. The exhibition presents the body of work created in Madagascar for the first time in the context of further works by the artist that deal with the dilemma of a desire to preserve something without really being able to understand it. In his works Julius von Bismarck explores people’s ability to perceive, and he uses the laws of physics to challenge the way we are used to seeing things.

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