Non-human itch at KH7smallspace, Aarhus, Denmark
27. – 29. August 2021
The exhibition Non-human itch puts forth Matti Sumaris visual reasonings on the fusion of microorganisms, the human economic system and plastics, which constitutes our reality.
Sumari works with sculpture, this time using found, scavenged plastic. This resource is seen as almost worthless, down at the murky bottom of the hierarchy of materials – for both works of art and everyday objects. Shapes of the sculptures originate from microscope images of newly discovered species of bacteria, fungi and enzymes that consume plastic. Plastic, which was originally developed as a replacement for ivory as it became a scarce resource, has established itself as a new geological marker for the anthropocene – the human age.