Photographer Jens Assur spent a few weeks during the past year living in student housing in Umeå, experiencing life as a student and taking part in classes, partying and everyday life. A selection of his photographs from Umeå University will be presented during the summer at Bildmuseet in the exhibition I Can See the World from Here.
With the help of the camera, Jens Assur tells us about people, meetings, moods. He attended lectures and exams, visited labs and research rooms, and participated in Student Union activities and academic festivals. Everything from gymnastic sessions to brain surgeries - he has photographed it all. In a warm, personal and humorous way, Assur has captured this world. His pictures convey a straightforward and nuanced picture of life at Umeå University reduced to its simplest form.
A newly published book entitled I Can See the World from Here contains 100 photographs from the project. More than thirty of these pictures are shown in large format in the exhibition at Bildmuseet.
Jens Assur (born 1970) is a photographer and filmmaker with a number of exhibitions, books and projects behind him. His short film The Last Dog in Rwanda has recently received awards at the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films (California), the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France), and Flickerfest (Australia).
The exhibition I Can See the World from Here is a joint collaboration between Umeå University, Studio Jens Assur, Bildmuseet and Färgfabriken.