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The Politics of Place

Andreas Gursky
Anthony Haughey
Nanna H
Margareta Klingberg
Maria Lantz
Walter Niedermayr
Torbjørn Rødland
Ingrid Pollard
Jorma Puranen
Allan Sekula
Jeff Wall

curator: Jan-Erik Lundström 

Imaging the landscape is a particularly incisive and charged practice within contemporary photographically based art. As a means towards propositions regarding space as a cultural, historical and political variable, defined by human action and imagination, photographs of landscape are instrumental not only as ways of exploring meaning or reflecting collective knowledge, but also as paths towards identity, self-recognition, transformation. 

This exhibition presents contemporary artists engaged in politically and historically defined notions of space. The artists examine current landscapes and landscape practices. They are equally concerned with the traditions of the landscape genre itself, with visually expressed historical notions of space, as well as with contemporary understanding and values. In their work, space is continually recognized as challenged, contested, complex, commanding and of grand currency. 

The Politics of Place brings together specific single works and projects. In relation to the powerful position of the landscape genre within European history the selection underlines European territory; the contested history and present of this continent as seen, imagined and perceive through the work of visual artists. 

A substantial catalogue accompanies the exhibition, featuring comissioned essays by Alessandra Ponte, John Taylor, Sverker Sörlin and an introduction by Jan-Erik Lundström. Separate section featuring essays by Michael T. Bravo, Lena Eskilson, Margareta Klingberg, Maria Lantz, Christer Nordlund, Klas Sandell and Bo Sundin. Illustrated with 55 colour plates.

Publisher: Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden

(ISBN 91-7305-167-5) 

Exhibition tour:
BildMuseet, Umeå, Sweden
10 Feb – 28 April, 2002

Edsvik Konst och Kultur, Sollentuna, Sweden
Aug – Oct, 2002

The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland
Jan – March, 2003

Länsmuseet Västernorrland, Härnösand, Sweden
March – May, 2003