Since taking my Master’s degree at the School of Photography at Göteborg University in Sweden in 2006, I have dealt with the utopian picture of humanity portrayed in cinema. My art contrasts the idealized but unrealistic pictures of fictional reality with our own ideas of reality, norms and identities.
The photo series ”In search of wonderland” (2011) is set in a magnificent landscape. The images are reminiscent the romantic nationalist genre. But then as in Alice in Wonderland, this series suddenly casts viewers into an eerily true unreality.
What is ”true” and what is ”false” is irrelevant in these images. It’s not a question of romantic images of nature in the traditional sense. They convey something human, but elusively so.
The series ”Escape to reality” (2010) is about the parts we play as a result of our culture, our bringing up and the influence of media on our lives. The pictures consist of an artificial reality filled with symbolism and stereotypical images. They focus on how we, with the help of persistent intent, can break ingrained routines and patterns.
In the ”Falling down” series (2008), proceeding from the glorification of violence in films, the heroes take responsibility for their actions. The classic picture of Good Guys is collated with that of Bad Guys at the very moment of death.
The series ”Too good to be true” and ”Before the storm” (2007) are based on action films and thrillers. On the surface everything is perfect, but there is cause for alarm. Separating layers in Before the storm highlights the details and thereby reinforces their significance. This adds continuity to the snapshot.
The photographic work ”Heroes” (2003) shows the female heroic image as she is portrayed in action films and the like. This work suggests that there are rarely female heroes to identify with. The characteristics ascribed to female heroes are usually based on the fact that the character is a woman rather than that she is a hero.
”No names” (2002) is a photographic work, which considers the classic picture of a woman who is seen by virtue of her beauty, not her wisdom. Each portrait contains a detail that emphasizes her experience.