Our collective hope for what the future might look like is heavily shaped by both our past and present. Danish artist Aniara Omann considered just this in Equanipolis; a new exhibition of work at Humber Street Gallery.
The two-floor exhibition used sculpture, textiles and animatronics to explore what the future of humanity might look like. Investigating how our vision of the future is influenced by our experiences with science-fiction film and TV, as well as modern day social and environmental issues.
Omann’s futuristic sculptures use traditional special effects techniques such as silicone–based casting, as well as newer bio-conscious materials that mimic human skin.
Inspired by traditional prop-making, vintage fashion and popular sci-fi, Equanipolis invited you to step into an alternate reality and reconsider the past, present and future.
Aniara Omann’s exhibition Equiniopolis was generously supported by Sea Grown, Scarbourgh www.seagrown.co.uk
Aniara Omann (b. 1987, Denmark) lives and works in Glasgow, UK. Graduated from Glasgow School of Art, MFA and Funen Art Academy, Odense, Denmark. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include: iwillmedievalfutureyou1, Art Sonje Center, KR (Upcoming); Bonding in Whispers, c-o-m-p-o-s-i-t-e, BE; The Chasm – Franz-Josef-Kai 3/17, AT; (s), Carlsberg byens Galleri, DK; Iwillmedievalfutureyou6, Kunsthal Aarhus, DK; Cross-feed, Market Gallery, Transformationer, Kunsthal Ulys; Final Incarnation, VoidoidARCHIVE; In Drógum, Akureyri Art Museum; Aniara Omann / Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Celine Gallery, UK; Brad Pitt, Intermedia Gallery, CCA, UK.
Other recent projects and events include: The Occult Turn, Screening, Glasgow University, UK; Like a Rolling Stone, performance at Artists Moving Image Festival, Tramway; Hybrid, performance event at Gallery Celine. Recent text pieces in publications: Desiring solid things; Words of Unknown Origin; Uncle Chop Chop and Gnommero.
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