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After the Sun—Forecasts from the North

Friday, April 26, 2024Monday, August 19, 2024

Jane Jin Kaisen (Danish, born Korea, 1980). Still from OFFERING - COIL EMBRACE, 2023. 4-channel video installation version. Running time: 12 minutes; synchronized and looped; 5 channel stereo sound. Courtesy of the artist. © Jane Jin Kaisen.

Gundlach Building
Floor 1 

After the Sun—Forecasts from the North surveys a generational response to the precarious state of our natural environment. Historically, art from the Nordic region has been closely tied to depictions of nature. It is no surprise, then, that a diverse group of artists with strong ties to Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden question what it means to depict landscape today in a time of intensifying climate crisis. After the Sun considers how emergencies at a Northern latitude reverberate globally and asks what images are generated in response.

Close up of a textured abstract artwork in various shades of brown
Detail of Linda Lamignan (Nigerian Norwegian, born 1988). If we let it burn, 2023. Petroleum wax with pigment on wooden panels. Triptych, each 47 ¼ x 94 ½ inches (120 x 240 cm). Courtesy of the artist. © Linda Lamignan. Photo: Olof Nimar

The exhibition’s title is drawn from Danish writer Jonas Eika’s collection of short stories Efter Solen (After the Sun), winner of the Nordic Literature Prize in 2019. Eike has said that the book emerged from a sense of personal and political exhaustion, a feeling that he believes is shared by many: 

“That the way we imagine the future is mostly just a continuation of what there is today. The future, as a potential for change and a source of political energy, seems to be missing.” 

As Eika’s book addresses the profound challenge of responding to forces that pull us apart, the artists included in After the Sun grapple with how artistic practice may or may not succeed at meaningfully shaping the future world.

Occupying the entire first floor of the Buffalo AKG’s new Jeffrey E. Gundlach Building’s special exhibition galleries along with additional spaces on the museum campus, After the Sun presents artistic responses to the climate crisis that range from the analytical to the speculative, the poetic to the political. Some artists consider the repercussions of temporary solutions to climate change, among them Lea Porsager (born Frederikssund, Denmark, 1981, lives in Copenhagen, Denmark), in whose hands a sequence of massive disused windmill blade fragments become poignant ruins. Amitai Romm’s (born Jerusalem, 1985, lives in Copenhagen, Denmark) slight but throbbing sculptures and sound work are among several in the exhibition to approach science and data related to the environment from a visceral, embodied position. Olof Marsja’s (born Gällivare, Lapland, Sweden, 1986, lives in Gothenburg, Sweden) plant-human hybrid sculptures are contemporary guardian figures, related to indigenous knowledge and the artist’s own Sámi tradition. These, and all the artists in After the Sun explore what a meaningful engagement with nature might mean today and how we might forge practical, theoretical, and metaphysical paths forward.

Installation view of Lea Porsager: Stripped at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 12–August 8, 2021. Photo: David Stjernholm

Detail of Apichaya Wanthiang (Belgian-Thai, born 1987). Slow flow, rotate, 2024. An immersive installation consisting of 12 Agar (red algae) sheets stretched on 12 steel frames, a 30-minute soundtrack and light sequence played in a loop. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. © Apichaya Wanthiang. Photo: Markus Moestue

Olof Marsja (Swedish, born 1986). Pathfinder I, 2023. Jesmonite, glass, stainless steel, strap, synthetic lasso, wool. 118 1/8 x 66 15/16 x 63 3/4 inches (300 x 170 x 162 cm). Courtesy of the artist. © Olof Marsja. Photo: David Eng

Vidha Saumya (Indian, born 1984). Betrayal Day, 2022. Cross-stitch embroidery. 10 5/8 x 14 9/16 inches (27 x 37 cm). Courtesy of the artist. © Vidha Saumya. Photo: Siddhartha Hajra   

Linda Lamignan (Nigerian Norwegian, born 1988). If we let it burn, 2023. Petroleum wax with pigment on wooden panels. Triptych, each 47 ¼ x 94 ½ inches (120 x 240 cm). Courtesy of the artist. © Linda Lamignan. Photo: Olof Nimar

Felipe de Ávila Franco (Brazilian, born 1982). The Trillionth Tonne, 2022. Installation view at Amos Rex Museum, 2022. Thermal coal, polypropylene woven bags, and laser mapping projection. 110 x 220 x 450 cm. Courtesy of the artist. © Felipe de Avila. 

This exhibition is curated by Helga Christoffersen, Curator-at-Large, Curator of the Nordic Art & Culture Initiative. 


After the Sun—Forecasts from the North is the inaugural exhibition of the Buffalo AKG Nordic Art & Culture Initiative. The exhibition is supported by the New Carlsberg Foundation and NorthCape Wealth Management. Additional support is provided by the Danish Arts Foundation and Frame Contemporary Art Finland. Exhibition and individual artist support is granted by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway.

After the Sun—Forecasts from the North is co-organized by the Buffalo AKG Art Museum and Gammel Strand, Copenhagen, Denmark. 

The Nordic Art and Culture Initiative is made possible by the leadership support of the Nordic Founding Patrons group. For more information on the Buffalo AKG Art Museum Nordic Art and Culture Initiative, click here

NY CARLSBERG FONDET (In black font) NEW CARLSBERG FOUNDATION (In smaller grey font)
(In black font) "K: Danish Arts Foundation"
Frame contemporary art finland (in black font)
OCA Office for Contemporary Art Norway (in black font)