Cléo Sjölander's work explores the parallels between the defense machanisms of animals,
plants and humans.
They are interested in adaptation as a sensitive response to vulnerability; as a way to define and build safe spaces against the oppressive
normativity and marginalization of those who oppose it. Their work is born out of a
desire of healing and empowerment throught dismantling the various domination
dynamics imposed by the capitalist and patriarchal structures that govern our existence.
Through a feminist lens, the act of kneading organic matter and turning it into
installations bears the mark of ritualized gestures inspired by a legacy of witchcraft and
magic. Therefore, their artistic approach explores the material representations of these
specific defense machanisms that allow us to filter our environment and (re)define our