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Uffe Isolotto   We Walked the Earth

Uffe Isolotto’s "We Walked the Earth"; a drama of life and death, hope and despair, in a transhuman world inhabited by centaurs.

Step into this hyperrealistic world where elements from an idyllic Danish farm life of the past blend with strange sci-fi phenomena to create a haunting image of an uncertain present. Taking over the entire Danish Pavilion, We Walked the Earth displays an unexpected drama of life and death that revolves around a family of three centaurs. Trying to cope with the challenges of a changing world, the family embodies an uneasy state of mind between despair and hope that speaks to the deep ambiguities of our current times.

A drama of life and death plays out across the Pavilion’s two main rooms. The male centaur has taken his own life and can be seen hanging from a piece of rope-like chain suspended from the ceiling, while the female centaur is lying on the floor in the adjacent room, giving birth to a baby centaur. It is an open question as to why the male centaur has decided to take his own life. But the act seems inextricably linked to the simultaneous birth of his offspring, almost as if he has realised that his time in this changing world is over and it is now up to the next, further evolved generation to take over. The baby centaur looks to be of a different hybrid than its parents. Its human hands are mutated towards something that both holds a promise for the future and suggests hard times ahead.

While the centaurs will at first seem strange, their struggle will not. Faced with the challenging realities of an ever-changing world, the family will experience a deep existential and ecological struggle. It’s the basic struggle of navigating a present that is becoming increasingly complex and unpredictable. Who do we become when the world we know no longer exists? Do we seek refuge in who we were, or do we look for escape routes in what we might become?

We Walked the Earth by Uffe Isolotto 59th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, The Danish Pavilion, Venice On view 23 April — 27 November 2022 Curator: Jacob Lillemose

CREDITS
Uffe Isolotto | filmed by Out of Sync | Venice April 2022
Interview | Jesper Bundgaard
Camera and edit | Per Henriksen
Producer | Out of Sync

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