The forests – used by people for centuries – have faced increasing destruction since the 19th century on account of industrialisation. Figures such as Paul Sarasin and later on Bruno Manser came forward and campaigned for the protection of the forests. The exhibition shows our relationship with the forest through representation in literature and art: once exaggerated by the romantics as a safe haven from civilisation, artists’ depictions of the forest are today dominated by the subject of climate change.
With works by Guido Baselgia, Denise Bertschi, Julian Charrière, Franz Gertsch, Klaus Littmann, Ugo Rondinone, Shirana Shahbazi, Thomas Struth and photographs by James Barclay, Julien Coquentin, Erik Pauser, Mutang Urud, Alberto Venzago.
Ever Since We Crawled Out is a film by Julian Charrière that confronts the tumultuous relationship between humans and the finite resources the planet has to offer. Using black-and-white found footage from film archives, the film highlights this topic through an endless montage of countless trees being chopped down, one after another after another—lingering on the climactic seconds before the trees succumb to gravity and meet their end on the ground.