Our behavior as individuals within a group and our relationship with nature as the great unknown are reoccurring themes in the work of the Swedish artist duo Inka and Niclas. (Inka Lindergård Finland, 1985 and Niclas Holm-ström Sweden, 1984). The subjects of their work: Groups and couples are pictured moving in seemingly predetermined formations and patterns. They dress in clothing, which attempts to imitate the colors of their unfamiliar surroundings. The artist couple observe from a distance, as if they were photographing rare animals. "Even if we take pictures of people in the countryside, we see them much as we would see lions and zebras. The human (Homo sapiens) travels now more than ever before, frantically looking for something that has not yet been destroyed. In the desert, far from their original habitat, they make formations reminiscent of penguins in the Antarctic."
While working on Watching Humans Watching, 2008-2010, Inka and Niclas began to comtemplate their own mystification with nature, which is influenced by fairy tales and myths. From 2009 to 2011 the duo worked Saga (fairy tale). The images in this series have been taken in almost the same places as those featured in Watching Humans Watching. Yet in Saga practically every element of the image is predetermined. Here the artists themselves have intervened in nature through the coloring or addition of objects, and through experimentation with smoke bombs and filters. In the process, they have dispensed with digital post-production.
The exhibition Watching Humans Watching runs now in Berlin.