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When we speak of landscape, we usually mean a place or space whose conception is associated with beauty, clarity and order. It is a place that is consciously designed - a partly artificial intervention in a piece of nature that is removed from its natural context, as for example in the creation of a garden or park. Landscape is therefore a section whose association with nature is shaped by us. Through it, we experience and create the culture in which we position ourselves. Decisive for this are social and cultural conditions, traditions and customs, but also user behaviour. The design of landscape is thus a cultural-historical testimony of present and past times.
When we think of nature, on the other hand, an unmanageable place opens up for us that appears untouched and wild. There we find the unlimited. 'Overgrown' refers not only to an actual overgrowth of scrub and moss and the covering of everything underneath, but also to their uncontrollable approach. Within the exhibition we find ourselves in a constantly changing setting.
Gabriele Edlbauer, Matthias Krinzinger, Sophia Mairer and Maria Walcher, among others, address the dissolution of hierarchical principles and forms in different ways in their works. Both given social structures play a role, as well as the attempt to break out of them or to reinterpret them. (Text: Nadja Ayoub)