From black and white protest images to conceptual, large-format colour photography, the exhibition and the anthology Between Realities investigate the photographic landscape in Sweden during three decades, from 1970–2000. This is an eventful period for photography, which has not previously been the subject of a study of this scope. One of the strongest tendencies is the shift from politically committed documentary photography to the important role of photography in contemporary art and mass culture that we see today.
The exhibition fills a major gap in our understanding of the modern history of photography and is a unique collaboration between the University of Gothenburg, the Gothenburg Museum of Art and the Hasselblad Foundation. The exhibition was accompanied by a comprehensive book with contributions by a large number of photographers, critics and researchers active in the field of photography during the period.
The project was initiated by Niclas Östlind, PhD student at the Valand Academy, as a part of his thesis Performing History.
Exhibition catalogue Between Realities: Photography in Sweden 1970–2000
Authors: Niclas Östlind, Ulf Bjereld, Louise Wolthers et al.
Editors: Kristoffer Arvidsson, Louise Wolthers, Niclas Östlind
Graphic design: Petter Antonisen and Lena Gerkens, Reijs & Co
Languages: Swedish, English
Gothenburg Museum of Art, Hasselblad Center, Valand Academy, Gothenburg, Swedish Association for Art, Stockholm
Arena, Lund 2014
Paperback, 384 pages
Price: 285 SEK
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