NEVVEN is proud to present The Thicker the Woods, the Vaster the Vista a group exhibition featuring a selection of new or previously unseen works by an international and intergenerational group of artists close to the gallery. The first extraordinary event hosted by NEVVEN during the ongoing health crisis.
The show wants to take the chance given by this special moment in history and the forced hiatus imposed to the gallery’s program to juxtapose a new generation of uprising Swedish artists with some of NEVVEN’s favourite established practices worldwide. To use this unexpected time and space to create connections between practices that never crossed before, while allowing a reflection upon the questions brought to all of us by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Island where all becomes clear.
Solid ground beneath your feet.
The only roads are those that offer access.
Bushes bend beneath the weight of proofs.
The Tree of Valid Supposition grows here
with branches disentangled since time immemorial.
The Tree of Understanding, dazzlingly straight and simple,
sprouts by the spring called Now I Get It.
The thicker the woods, the vaster the vista:
the Valley of Obviously.
If any doubts arise, the wind dispels them instantly.
Echoes stir unsummoned
and eagerly explain all the secrets of the worlds.
On the right a cave where Meaning lies.
On the left the Lake of Deep Conviction.
Truth breaks from the bottom and bobs to the surface.
Unshakable Confidence towers over the valley.
Its peak offers an excellent view of the Essence of Things.
For all its charms, the island is uninhabited,
and the faint footprints scattered on its beaches
turn without exception to the sea.
As if all you can do here is leave
and plunge, never to return, into the depths.
Into unfathomable life.
(Wislava Szymborska, 1976. Trad. by Claire Cavanagh)