Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg

Nathalie Djurbeg and Hans Berg animate fantastical forays of shame and desire.

Djurberg and Berg have been collaborators since 2004. Their fabulously weird animations balance child-like imagination with grotesque violence to explore dark facets of human psychology and animalistic desire.

 

Highlights
  • Crocodile, Egg, Man (2012) purchased for €1,600,000 at auction, Bukowskis, 2020
  • Flowers in the Attic, solo show at Kistefos Museum, Jevnaker, 2020
  • One Last Trip to the Underworld, solo show at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, 2019
  • Delights of an Undirected Mind, solo show at Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, 2019
  • A Journey Through Mud and Confusion with Small Glimpses of Air, solo show at Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2018
One Last Trip by Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
Still from One Last Trip to the Underworld, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, 2019.
Courtesy of the artists; Gió Marconi, Milan; Lisson Gallery, London; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York.

Djurberg creates the animations and installations, handcrafting characters and backdrops from materials such as clay, plasticine, fabric, wire and paint. Berg then scores technopop-come-classical soundtracks to amplify the complex emotional charge of the films’ disorientating storylines. Image and sound coalesce in playful-yet-unnerving artworks, which envelop their viewers in strangely seductive environments. Inspired by folkloric traditions in their native Sweden, the works giddily riff on famous fairytales and cinematic tropes.

The Parade by Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
The Parade, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, 2011.
Installation view, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2018. Courtesy of the artists; Sammlung Goetz, Munich.
The Experiment by Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
The Experiment, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, 2009.
Installation view, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2018. Courtesy of the artists; Sammlung Goetz, Munich.
“It’s an exploration every time — trying to find what you’re really looking for which can never really be touched.”

The duo’s practice is a space of ultimate freedom. Delights of an Undirected Mind (2016) sees an unlikely clan of creatures — including a unicorn, crocodile and the big bad wolf — touching and interacting with each other in a fetishistic fairytale. Similarly disconcerting scenes appear throughout the artists’ oeuvre. Discomfort is, however, precisely the point: while sexuality and human desire has been made taboo by society, they remain our most ubiquitous experiences. “Sex is something that connects all humans and animals and is one of our most fundamental needs and instincts.”

Delights of an Undirected Mind by Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg
Still from Delights of an Undirected Mind, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, 2016.
Courtesy of the artists; Gió Marconi, Milan; Lisson Gallery, London; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York.
“Animating for me is to jump into the unknown.”

Through idiosyncratic expression Djurberg and Berg probe the universal tenets of humanity — a dizzying exploration of what it means to feel.

All artworks courtesy of the artist.
Studio short by Pierre Bjork in Alingsås, Sweden. 

IN THE STUDIO WITH
NATHALIE DJURBERG & HANS BERG
Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg Studio Shoot
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Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg Studio Shoot
“It’s brave to put anything out there that you did. It’s hard to differentiate between yourself and the work.”
Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg Studio Shoot
Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg Studio Shoot
Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg Studio Shoot
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