Mustarinda group exhibition Earthlings
Lost & Found work was installed in eContainer
made by Sandra Nyberg
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By collecting personal stories, writing, drawing, working on installations and a series of illustrated notebooks, I explored areas including personal and shared fear in relation to imagined and/or real events in different environments.
People have surprisingly more phobias and fears while being outdoors than I would have expected. Fear of losing orientation and connection in this hyper-connected world is also something we can see all around. But would it be possible to live without fear?
We are afraid of the unknown and strange. And that’s what sharpens our senses. Those who have more experience in nature generally feel safer and more confident, they know their limits and are independent. The project is also about the act of walking, crawling around, questioning everyone and everything, putting one foot in front of the other. It is about moving through space, orientation, getting lost and being at home in the unknown.
When we are talking about individuals there are several dimensions we can observe, and questions we can ask –
Do people have a need for nature? How do they adapt to natural conditions? What are their aesthetic attitudes toward nature? What are their ethical attitudes and environmental concerns? People around me have mostly developed all five of these dimensions – but in practice, many people’s adaptation to natural conditions is limited.
I am (using myself to observe my own limits) especially interested in this dimension because there are hidden beginnings of all kinds, (un)comfortable, (un)safe feelings, and emotions like fear.