Embassy of Sweden is proud to present the exhibition "Dreamland" by Swedish photographer Helene Schmitz. Please join us for a virtual opening on Thursday, March 25, from 5:00pm to 5:40pm (ET).
- Welcome Remarks by Karin Olofsdotter, Ambassador of Sweden to the United States
- Presentation of "Dreamland"
- Conversation Between Helene Schmitz and Miriam Mahlow, Human Rights Watch
- Q&A Session with Participants
Helene Schmitz’s work is a photographic account of the unprecedented extraction and depletion of natural resources in Sweden. "Dreamland" consists of two photography series that examine human-induced changes in bedrock and forest at two different locations: “The Bedrock” focuses on the Aitik mine outside Gällivare and “The Forest” displays the aftermath of a forest fire in former production forests of Västmanland.
Schmitz links her photographs to the rich tradition of landscape painting, using a large-format, analogue camera that lets the spectator observe both the overall vista and the small details. She calls her photographs in the "Dreamland" series “a meditation on man’s relation to nature – a global, highly industrialized and automated transformation of landscapes.”
"Dreamland" is curated in collaboration with Embassy of Sweden in USA and consists of twelve photographs, newly composed music by Lisa Montan, and the sound installation “The Messenger” (2020). “The Messenger” was also part of the group show Silent Spring in Stockholm 2020.
Special thanks to Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde Art Museum and Fotografiska.
The program will be livestreamed.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, House of Sweden is currently closed to the public. We are closely monitoring local guidelines and hope to be able to open soon. Starting March 27, we will offer virtual tours of "Dreamland." More information here: https://bit.ly/3qL6kfn