Lena Bergendahl / An Image of What You See

Lena Bergendahl / An Image of What You See

Opening: Friday 13th August 5 – 8pm

Galleri Format is delighted to present An Image of What You See, a solo exhibition by Malmö based artist Lena Bergendahl.

The exhibition will feature a new body of work by Bergendahl, including a large scale presentation of the artist’s latest film shot in Hong Kong. Alongside this, Notes on An Image of What You See, a series of prints on plexiglass presented in the darkened space of the gallery, will expand upon research and references related to the film and the way in which the artist works.

‘A repetition. In the film, within the film, you never get to see what happened. It’s more about a before and an after. About light and darkness, about language, communication, vision and memory. As it is voiced in the film; it’s about dark times and what we do when darkness reigns. We encounter the thinking of Marguerite Duras, Georges Didi-Huberman, Chris Marker and Jean-Luc Godard, they all had eyes. They sat and thought with their eyes. A camera, like an eye, shows a subject from a certain angle and at the same time not from all other angles. The camera has opted out of life and everything else, it does not have in itself several senses.’

[excerpt from exhibition text by Max Ockborn]


Lena Bergendahl (b. 1982, SE) completed her MFA at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm in 2010. She works mainly with short film and video installations that investigate the origin of images from geological, historical and scientific perspectives. Fictitious scenarios are mixed with documentary and archival material in installations that combine video, sculpture and sound.

Recent solo and group shows, (both solo works and collaborations), include Open house at IAC, Inter Arts Center, Malmö (2020), Digital Mutants, Celsius Projects, Malmö (2019), Omnejd – Lunds Konsthall, Lund (2018) If Seeing is Believing – Fullersta Gård, Huddinge (2018), Gothenburg Film Festival, Gothenburg (2018) Like a Horse, Fotografiska, Stockholm (2017). During 2016-2017 she was an artist in residence at Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, Netherlands.

The exhibition will run 14 August – 12 September

An Image of What You See is a co-production between Lena Bergendahl and Film i Skåne, with support from The Swedish Film Institute, film commissioner Ami Ekström.