Sixty innocent childhood figures have become sinister and perverted, smoking cigarettes, fighting and tormenting each other and cavorting together, with a loud pervasive soundtrack beating out around them. What should be a moment of childhood innocence has become a battlefield and a nightmare, but who are we to judge as the figures have given into their selfish pleasurable urges, without thought of the impact on other people, the moral correctness or the consequences of their actions. There is a fine line between healthy enjoyment and selfish harmful pleasure and different people have different views on where that line should be. In “Who am I to Judge, or, it Must be Something Delicious”, Swedish artists Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg confront the viewer with the question of a world where people act in selfish ways without though for the consequences, a theme that does not just relate to sex, as in this installation, but also to violence and to needless wars between countries.
Alongside, three animated films made from clay figures explore the contrast between innocence and shame associated with unleashed sexual infatuation and fantasy, the everyday world of the pornography industry, using puppets and familiar characters like Little Red Riding Hood and My Little Pony set to a soundtrack by Hans Berg to create a beating pulsating environment which finally ends with a sad reflection on what is too easily lost and cannot be reclaimed – the joy of the experiences of youth.
A disturbing and thought-provoking exhibition.