The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg with Music by Hans Berg

Walker Art Center
September 08, 2011 – December 31, 2011

New Museum
May 02, 2012 - September 02, 2012

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
October 12, 2012 - January 27, 2013

In the hands of Nathalie Djurberg, the conventionally innocent technique of “claymation” becomes a medium for nightmarish yet wry allegories of human behavior and social taboo. Since 2001, the Swedish-born artist has honed a distinctive style of video animation, using the pliability of clay to investigate the dark recesses of the human mind. Set to music and sound effects by her partner and collaborator Hans Berg, Djurberg’s handcrafted cinematic tales explore the vicissitudes of revenge, lust, submission, gluttony, and other primal emotions with an unblinking eye.

This Walker-organized exhibition, the largest American museum presentation of the artist’s work to date, includes a significant body of new work drawing on the psychology and natural history of birds. Blurring the cinematic and the sculptural, she integrates moving images with related set pieces, using actual bird species as points of departure for her sometimes monstrous hybrid figures. Projected amid her objects is a sequence of short films, in which characters, situations, and settings migrate from one narrative to the next. The result is an immersive installation revealing Djurberg’s continued interest in pageantry and abjection, evolution and decay.

A catalogue, which was designed by Dante Carlos of the Walker design studio and features texts by the curators and documentation of the artist's sculptures and films, accompanies the exhibition. The Walker also commissioned the artist to produce her first limited edition.

Curators: Eric Crosby and Dean Otto