Persijn Broersen & Margit Lukács, Mastering Bambi, HD Video and Sound, 12’30 minutes, 2010. Image Courtesy of AKINCI, Amsterdam.

Man is in the Forest

Persijn Broersen and Margit Lukács

A Space Main Gallery

May 5 – July 15, 2023

Artist Talk May 5, 2023, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm
Artists in Attendance. Talk held in the gallery.

Reception May 5, 2023, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Curated by Vicky Moufawad-Paul

Presented by A Space in partnership with CONTACT Photography Festival

In their video, animation, and graphic works, Amsterdam-based artists Persijn Broersen and Margit Lukács consider the intertwined relationships between reality, media, and fiction. Man is in the Forest is their first solo exhibition in Canada, and is comprised of two of their video installations, Forest on Location (2018) and Mastering Bambi (2010), both of which take nature as their subject matter and work to unhinge hegemonic ways of looking at landscape.


Margit Lukács and Persijn Broersen work and live in Amsterdam (NL). Both studied at the Rietveld Academy/ Sandberg Institute and Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Their work, consisting of layered projections, digital animations and spatial installations, has been exhibited by institutions and organisations worldwide, among others at HEK, Basel (CH), Media Biennale, Wroclaw (PL), the Biennale of Sydney (AU), Rencontres Arles (FR), Wuzhen Biennial (CN), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL), FOAM (NL), MUHKA (BE), Centre Pompidou (FR), Kröller Müller (NL) and Casa Enscendida (SP). Their films have been shown at a.o. ARTE TV, Oberhausen Film Fest (DE), LAForum (US), Kassel Dokumentar und Filmfestival (DE), Rencontres Internationales Paris Berlin@Louvre Paris and Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, the NewYork Film Festival (US), and the domestic festivals IDFA and IFFR.

Much of Lukács and Broersen’s practice is informed by their interest in the workings of media, music and technology, intertwined with the politics of depicting nature, culled from political, mythological, musical, art/historical, scientific and filmic sources. Whether created from intricate layers of cut-out photography, 3D-images, pieces of music, video sequences or CGI, their work reflects on authorship, the divide between perception and reality, and the social and political agency of the imaginary.