15/11/2019 - 17/11/2019
Green is the colour of envy
Desire: Not being satisfied, when others have more. So much energy is devoted to creating the perfect home. Kitchen taps, designer lamps and bathroom tiles, everything needs to be replaced with the latest thing on the market. The hunt for happiness and status urges us to boundless consumption beyond all rhyme and reason.
The climate: Through social media, we keep informing the world of our latest purchases and our wonderful holiday. We send greetings from distant beaches even though the earth’s average temperature is rising. This is the age of consumerism.
Green is the colour of envy: This exhibition features two works, Selected Subjects and Fuel. The series Selected Subjects is based on thousands of interior design adverts, where the essence of each ad is extracted using advanced machine learning technology. The works from Fuel are depictions of Google’s 3D rendering of the world. In a time of global warming, the Fuel series is an attempt to visualise our dependence on fossil fuels and our inability to change our behaviour. The bird’s-eye perspective of this simulation of reality shows our vulnerability and exposure to the powers of nature.
Eva-Teréz Gölin (b. 1972) works with photography and other lens-based media. She holds an MFA in Photography from the Valand Academy in Gothenburg, a BFA from the Novia University of Applied Sciences, Finland, and has also studied at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. Her artistic practice explores consumer, economic and environmental issues in relation to our quest for happiness and success. In recent years, she has used Google Maps 3D for many of her works, to study and portray various consumer-related phenomena in the West, and how we have structured our society around an ever-growing economy.