To launch her Benalla Art Gallery exhibition Still in Love with the World, artist Kirstin Berg spoke with curator Mardi Nowak about the origins of the work, the processes that brought it into being, and her affinity with the community of Benalla.
Exploring ideas around resilience, transformation, and the making of strength from darkness, Still in Love with the World looks at the importance of using challenging times like these to slow down, find beauty in the ‘mundane’, and turn tough circumstances into new beginnings.
Still in Love with the World is on at Benalla Art Gallery from 3 July—15 November 2020.
‘Still in Love with the World is a call to arms, exploring the artist’s “concern about the incessant misuse and skewed distribution of power in the world, our compromised environment, and the resulting anxiety many of us share about the future.” Berg ponders, “how do we remain Still in Love with the World when we are up against seemingly insurmountable human and environmental trouble? How can we activate ourselves and ensure resilience?” The exhibition explores rituals and gestures of self–preservation and reinvention as a means of reconnecting to the physical world and as a form of human solidarity and resistance.’ – Art Guide Australia