Rikker Luther's (b. 1970) exhibition Corruption – We Lost Control Again displays three research-based works in Gallery 4 & 5 at Kunsthal Aarhus. Luther’s main field of interest and artistic focal point concerns the study of the state of the world: How humanity takes natural resources for granted, and in some cases commercialising them beyond the capacity of nature’s vulnerable systems, which may ultimately lead to ecological collapse. Extreme weather conditions, rising water levels, pollution, and overproduction, not least our increasing sense of powerlessness in the fact of these issues, inform the public debate. Therefore, it is crucial to consider the themes from different scientific angles and, of course, from an artistic angle like Rikke Luther’s.
Rikke Luther has exhibited at museums and biennials internationally for more than twenty years. Prior to her solo career, she was a co-founder of the artists’ groups Learning Site and N55. Luther started the project Concrete Aesthetics: From Universal Rights to Financial Post-Democracy inrolled in a practice-based Artistic Research PhD at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen, funded by Novo Nordisk Fonden; The Institute of Art, Writing and Research, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts; and ACT (Art, Culture and Technology), School of Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
”Som titlen Corruption – We Lost Control Again antyder, er det et dystert syn på verdens udfordringer, som Luther lægger for dagen, og der er masser af interessant researchmateriale at udforske i den omfattende udstilling. Det fine ved udstillingen er, at den både kan betragtes som kunst, men også som en æstetisk fremstilling af en mere konkret problemstilling.”
Aarhus Stiftstidende, Christian Salling, 16.06.2019
The nodules from the Pacific Ocean is kindly loaned by Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University.