Lost Paradise

The question of how bound we are to our animalistic nature and what distinguishes our existence from that of animals has always fascinated humankind.

Insects and other creatures that are not similar to human beings  form a substantial reservoir of metaphorical comparisons about the behaviour of individuals or even whole communities.

Featuring the work of Mark Dion, Stefan Panhans, Andreas Schulze, Marta Volkova & Slava Shevelenko, David Zink Yi, Lost Paradise traces these metaphors in contemporary art, reviving primeval creatures in images, inventing beetles that can transform themselves into coins, or turning natural science archives into surreal chambers of curiosities.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition Lost Paradise at Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf, 11 October 2014 – 14 February 2015.

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