Swedish artist Henrik Håkansson is a naturalist who has repositioned his fascination with nature into the art world, over time becoming an accomplished amateur expert. Focusing on the minutiae of nature, but often presented on a grand scale, his projects combine the interests of a biologist, ethnologist, and artist, recalling the 19th-century explorers who documented the natural and cultural riches of then little-known lands and unknown environments. Håkansson's recent exhibitions include Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden; MIMA Sound Space, Middlesbrough, UK; and Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver. He was included in the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014), Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama, Japan (2011), São Paulo Biennial (2003), and 50th Venice Biennale (2003).
Presented in collaboration with SAIC's Visiting Artists Program.