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#500 Nobel

#500 Nobel

128x175 cm (each panel 64x84cm) | Filler, oak panels, stones, dried flowers, cardboard rolls, coffee, glass containers, cigarillo butts, string

  • About

    In this work, stones, rolls of cardboard soaked in coffee and glass containers with cigarillo butts are placed on the panels. Dried white flowers sit in small holes at the top. Stones in strings hang in front of the panels, which are attached to the back.

    The sketch in the painting is based on a photograph of Alfred Nobel, the Swedish inventor of dynamite, who was the founder and director of several companies, including the Bofors arms factory (now part of Nammo) in Karlskoga. Worried about his legacy as a merchant of death, he founded the Nobel Prizes, now an essential part of Sweden's branding. One is even a peace prize, although that is awarded in Norway.
    The work is not a criticism of the Nobel Prize itself but wants to raise questions about how personal wealth gives power not only to influence events but also people's perceptions of them.

    I also want to highlight the legacy of 19th-century industrialisation in the West, the enormous fortunes created, how we still live in their shadow, and the colonial structures and exploitation required to develop them. In Sweden, where I grew up, they contributed to the general welfare thanks to a strong labour movement that, however, gave up its revolutionary and emancipatory potential in the process. We, the population, received a piece of the pie that we still enjoy today, but we also inherited the culpability for the global injustices that still define the world.

    See a video of the production here and a presentation video here.

  • Speaking Stones

    Speaking Stones is a compilation of paintings made with imprints of ordinary stones.

    I see the stone as a metaphor for popular struggle and protest. It is the closest available weapon to the powerless. Throwing stones is a symbolic form of violence. The aim is not to overpower the opponent physically. It demonstrates defiance in the face of power by expressing concretely that the premises of the situation aren't acceptable. The stone speaks but not in a language open to negotiation or dialogue. A conversation means accepting the context in which it takes place and is thus always, to a certain degree, a form of submission. The language of stones is the language of mute matter. A form of silence that nevertheless speaks clearly and directly. The stone represents the resistance in itself from a place outside of language.

    The stone is an entirely exchangeable and ordinary object that exists everywhere. At the same time, each stone is unique and has its own beauty and unfathomable mystery for anyone open to seeing it. This duality fascinates me. A stone is perhaps the closest we can get to a thing-in-itself, bound as we are to language. Sealed around itself, oblivious to the outside world. Simply existing. In a way, we can never truly understand. Infinite in its everydayness. Specific and concrete in its presence.

  • Real Thing

    The series features works with an appendix placed on top of the work or close to it. This object is exterior to the image plane, the illusionary "window" in the picture, but is still an intrinsic part of the whole. It connects or makes visible the two dimensions of an artwork - its inner logic and its relation to its surrounding.
    The title references the famous Coca-Cola campaign and Immanuel Kant's notion of the thing in itself. It means that subjects can only experience the phenomena as they present themselves through perception. It is always fundamentally different from what the things are outside language boundaries - in themselves.

  • Res Ipsa

    Res Ipsa is a compilation of works made by an act shaping the filler once it is prepared inside the frame. The works thus function as a recording device and give a statement of the event taking place while the filler was still wet.

    Res Ipsa is Latin for "the thing itself" and is part of the juridical term "Res ipsa loquitur" (the thing speaks for itself), used when an injury or accident in itself clearly shows who is responsible, such as an instrument left inside a body after surgery.

kr39 000,00Price