Sif Itona Westerberg (DK, b. 1985)
Gether Contemporary will represent Sif Itona Westerberg's exhibition "The House of Dionysus". The cult of Dionysus has been known through wild parties and orgies to represent inhibition and loss of control, which in turn represents a potential for change, where one can become something more and other than oneself. Also the cult represents a mystic connection with nature, something which the modern world has gone to great lengths to suppress, but now once more seems relevant in light of our current environmental and health crisis.
The exhibition consists of large stone reliefs meticulously carved out by hand arcing back to classical techniques but applied to contemporary industrial materials. The works, made out of aerated concrete pierced by industrial bolts to serve as methods of hanging, create a stark contrast to Itona Westerberg's refined technique and the classical source material.
Through reworking classical imagery and morphing it with a multitude of different styles and perspectives Sif Itona Westerberg casts a light on the shadowy, subcultural and suppressed sides of humanity and our society, which in our modern rational world has been pushed aside or ignored.