Naturally, the combination of an ecological and a geopolitical crisis worries and frightens. And in addition, the steady rise of authoritarian parties and movements has resulted in warnings of a twilight of democracy. At the same time, in the midst of this darkness, vibrant transition movements are engaging people all over the world and pointing in the direction of positive paradigm shifts – towards more life-affirming ways of thinking and living. We may find ourselves in a liminal state of instability, but it also inspires dreams and ideas about other worlds.
As an exhibition, Twilight Land goes beyond documentary and verifiable facts, using art to try to give physical and visual expression to this state of liminality. In the different rooms of the exhibition, we can share our worries, think together and anticipate future worlds. Several of the artworks were created specifically for the exhibition and derive their nourishment from somewhere between destruction and creation, confusion and clarity, fear and hope. Twilight – the transition from day to night – might be associated with a fear of the approaching darkness, but also with creativity and fruitful encounters between fantasy and reality.
Twilight Land is Moderna Museet Malmö’s large-scale venture extending from autumn 2022 to spring 2023. The exhibition is realised within the framework of Moderna Museet’s focus on new artistic production and reduced transports in 2022. An important part of the project consists of lectures, reading circles and workshops. The programme features artists, writers and researchers, as well as representatives of transition movements and organisations that defend democracy.
Participating artists: Isabelle Andriessen, Alberta Whittle, Rose-Marie Huuva, Yael Bartana, Anna Ling, Aernout Mik, Sandra Mujinga, Stina Siljing, Ingrid Elsa Maria Ogenstedt, Ida Persson, and Jonas Staal.
Curator: Joa Ljungberg
The exhibition is supported by the Mondriaan Fund, The Netherlands.
An introduction by Curator
Take a look behind the scenes from the production and installation of Twilight Land during October 2022. Curator Joa Ljungberg gives an introduction to the exhibition.
Broken words and desolate roads
Within the theme and framework of the exhibition Twilight Land, we will screen the film The Wanderers by artist Adrian Paci, for a limited period at The Loading Dock. There will also be an Artist Talk with Paci and curator Joa Ljungberg shortly.
The Wanderer – a film by the artist Adrian Paci
In his internationally acclaimed practice, Adrian Paci has recurrently returned to the experiences of societal upheaval and forced migration. In his works, we meet unemployed men waiting for a future that never seem to come, refugees trying to verbalise the unspeakable, and people and various other animals wandering along desolate roads, in the direction of a future that seem impossible to grasp.
Date: 15 November – 27 November
Location: Loading Dock