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Unstable / New Directions in Swedish Photography,1990-2004

2005-02-06 to 2005-04-24

Unstable presents a survey of contemporary Swedish photography from the late 1990s to the present.

Several of the photographers in the exhibition are well known internationally, such as JH Engström, Annica Karlsson Rixon, Annika von Hausswolff and Lars Tunbjörk. Most others have debuted in recent years: Helena Blomqvist, Trinidad Carrilo and Pernilla Zetterman.

Swedish photography has changed dramatically during the past ten years. In parallel with radical societal changes, where internationalisation and global flows have eliminated modernistic systems, photography has found new contexts and themes. Unstable is witness to a new dynamic within the field of art, in which photography now plays a vital role, both as catalyst and as interpreter.

Unstable will stimulate discussion. The exhibition contains photography that is rich and daring in its portrayal of a Sweden that is changing at a furious pace. The tourism industry, the new economy, international interchange and fast technology have risen to compete with the idyllic Swedish landscape.

The goal of the exhibition is to stimulate a dialogue about photography, photographic practices and about what the image mirrors, dissects and debates. Visitors will meet challenging new interpretations of traditional genres, such as portrait photography, in which the objects of the portraits are barely visible in the photographs.


Lotta Antonsson        
Nina Bacos             
Helena Blomqvist               
Anna Bokström          
Trinidad Carrillo              
Leif Claesson          
Katarina Elvén         
JH Engström
Annika von Hausswolff
Maria Hedlund
Annica Karlsson Rixon
Anders Krisár
Petter Magnusson
Tova Mozard
Mikael Olsson
Stefan Otto
Julia Peirone
Martin Sjoberg
Erik Snedsbøl
Lars Tunbjörk
Pernilla Zetterman


Peder Alton and Helene Boström. In collaboration with Kulturhuset.