The picture book Djur som ingen sett utom vi [Animals that No One Has Seen But Us] by illustrator Linda Bondestam and author Ulf Stark is recognised as the Swedish Picture Book of the Year. Illustations and original drawings from the book is showcased in an exhibition at Bildmuseet.
This year’s exhibition by graduate students from the master’s programme at the Umeå Academy of Fine Arts is entitled Fool’s Gold. The exhibition title refers to the beginning of a journey that involves a permanent questioning of what defines values and expression.
Inspired by Palestinian folklore, Jumana Emil Abboud (b. 1971, Galilee) imparts new interpretations to stories and myths that she has collected. Through delicate paintings, poetic cinematography and oral performances, she explores personal and collective memories and what myths can tell us about ourselves, our history and the place where we live.
In a certain sense, Roger Metto is a landscape painter. His imagery, however, has both representative and abstract elements. Magnificent mountain ranges and deep valleys rendered in an extremely intense range of colours, with features from the mountains of northern Sweden and the Rockies, more closely resemble dreamland geographies. If human figures or buildings appear, they are small and insignificant against the backdrop of powerful landscapes.
Blood, fire, earth, water and her own body; Ana Mendieta’s poetic and striking works from the 1970s and 1980s are a delicate balancing act between vulnerability and strength. Bildmuseet presents her captivating oeuvre through 21 films as well as a selection of photographs, drawings, prints and three-dimensional works.