Art

Post-Breakup, Artist Duo Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg Present Their Most Intimate Exhibition

Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg, Still from The Soft Spot, 2021. Stop motion animation, music. 8.41 min. Courtesy the artists, Gio Marconi, Milan Lisson Gallery, London, New York, Shanghai Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, Los Angeles.
Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg, Still from The Soft Spot, 2021. Stop motion animation, music. 8.41 min. Courtesy the artists, Gio Marconi, Milan Lisson Gallery, London, New York, Shanghai Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, Los Angeles.

"Since the breakup, our way of working has become cleaner,” comments Hans Berg on his shared artistic process with fellow artist Nathalie Djurberg. In between install of their latest, most intimate exhibition yet, “Can’t Keep it in, Can’t Lock it Away,” curated by Silvana Lagos and staged at art advisor Eva Livijn-Olin’s home in Stockholm, the Swedish artist duo joins me via video call. “Wow, Hans, do you have a new sofa?” Djurberg asks casually before we begin. After 15 years of cohabiting and working side-by-side in Berlin, Berg now lives in Stockholm and Djurberg in Allingsås, on opposite sides of Sweden. “We talk every day, perhaps more than before,” they say, finishing each other’s sentences. I fall under the spell of their collective voice: contemplative, vulnerable, contradictory, calculating and kind, it crawls and nests under my skin.

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