Teemu Lehmusruusu / För miljoner år sedan
20 maj – 26 juni 2016
“I used to love nature documentaries: The excitement of reaching – or not reaching – a wild animal through photographic representation. The soft and warm paternal voice of the male narrator, with tones of boyish enthusiasm at encountering new species. The technologically up-to-date cinematography, and rich immersive soundscapes. It continues to be pleasureful. But from time to time, I tend to feel some sort of nausea towards humanness, when watching ultra high definition slow-motion captures of the most dramaturgically captivating nature-scenes. Is the photographic material consciously aiming to depict nature in all it’s glory – and thus making it worthy of respect? Or is it merely a thin manifestation of the drama-driven nature experience of Man? I want to question the observer-object-relationship between Man and nature. Re-cache the wild, give it the untouchability and place of refuge it once had. The flowing fog that only exposes impressions of animal shapes, embody the non-rational that obstructs the eyesight, but binds us all together.”
Teemu Lehmusruusu (born 1981, Helsinki, Finland) is a contemporary artist whose primary medium is moving image. His works explore the nature of human existence using exhibition space as an investigative workshop - a place where audience can engage with the values and thoughts within the work presented. The works are often polyvalent and have a bare or minimalistic appearance.