DARKROOM Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács Mastering Bambi 27 Nov 2015-17 Jan 2016

Turku Art Museum, Darkroom 27 Nov 2015 – 17 Jan 2016

Press preview on Thursday, 26 November 2015 at 11 am at Turku Art Museum (Aurakatu 26, Turku).
Opening on Thursday, 26 November from 6 to 8 pm. The artists will be present on both occasions. Welcome!

The year at the Darkroom ends with Mastering Bambi (2010), a film by the Dutch artist duo Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács. The work is based on Walt Disney’s classic animation Bambi that premiered in 1942. Broersen & Lukács have re-created scenes from the animation leaving out imagery of the famous deer and his animal friends. What remains as the sole protagonist of the work is the autonomous, untouched wilderness.

Wild nature with its voracious waterfalls, towering trees and gloomy horizons is awe-inspiring, and the absence of any living creatures makes the eye focus on both the frightening scale of the forces of nature and the tiny details of the landscape. The scenes bear a resemblance to romantic landscape paintings with their emphasis on the sublime, and the magic well of the forest can in fact be seen as a romantic utopia of a harmonious and unsullied state of nature. Disney’s vision was very much based on European romanticism wherein civilisation and technology are seen as a threat to nature, and where human action can disturb the status quo of the wilderness.

is originally based on the novel Bambi, a Life in the Woods (1923) by Austrian writer Felix Salten, which was banned by Adolf Hitler. Salten’s vision of nature – and  human society – was much darker than Disney’s and it presented nature as an arena of Darwinian struggle, full of violence and death. Broersen & Lukács’s version retains the spirit of Disney’s film, but in their treatment nature becomes a different reality, a construction mirroring our own imagination. The suggestive, cinematic score of Mastering Bambi by Berend Dubbe and Gwendolyn Thomas is a reconstruction of the soundtrack of the original Bambi.

Meet the artists Persijn Broersen and Margit Lukács talk about their film and artistic practice at an artist talk on Thursday 26 November at 2 pm in Kuvateatteri (Linnankatu 54). The talk is in English and open to all who are interested. Free admission.
For further information
Curator Annina Sirén
tel. +358 2 2627 094 / +358 50 3568 800
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