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Feb, 2017

Liinu Grönlund — It could have been at Open Source Gallery

Liinu Grönlund — It could have been

Feb 25 - Apr 8, 2017 Reception: Sat Feb 25 7pm

Artist talk: February 27, 7-9pm

Inspired by rats’ similarities to humans, It could have been explores the dark fantasy of rats inheriting the earth from humans.

Liinu Grönlund presents It could have been, a multimedia installation at Open Source Gallery.

It could have been is a video essay; an associative collection of ideas, diary notes and dreamy images combining environmental issues and politics of recent years. The rat, an animal that is controversial, hated, feared and scientifically-used, is in the spotlight. Grönlund became interested in rats after reading The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, a book in which author Elizabeth Kolbert explores human influence on the climate and environment. Over the history of the planet, there have been five major mass extinctions where the biodiversity was suddenly decimated. We are currently in the midst of the sixth mass extinction: the largest since the event that killed the dinosaurs. Throughout history rats have proven to be an effective colonizer, flourishing in each new environment they find and destroying endemic species populations while propagating at rapid rates.

Open Source Gallery
306 17th Street


Liinu Grönlund


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