We are delighted to present Spillage – 3 explorations of loss and legacy with work by Lisbeth Johansen, Jenny Lindhe and Martin Magntorn.
Opening 11th March 5-8 pm
It is only afterwards that we find ourselves, when the words have faded, and communication has broken down. What remains are the places that have been emptied of their contents, the dead objects that have lost their function. Phrases that can still be spoken, but that will not reach their intended recipient.
The works of these three artists emerge from the common experience of having lost a loved one. Using different approaches, the wordless complexity of fully understanding another human being is embodied.
Martin Magntorn (b. 1970) studied photography at Valand Academy in Gothenburg and is based in Malmö. His work often combines photography, sculpture, text and archival material to explore themes that revolve around identity, dislocation and disguise. His work has been exhibited in both group and solo exhibitions in Sweden and internationally. For the show at Galleri Format he continues to explore how the subjective image of close relatives can be reconsidered in the encounter with other people’s experience of the same person. The work is a continuation of the project Daddy Cool which revolves around the artist’s relationship with his father who passed away in 2015.
Lisbeth Johansen (b. 1973) studied at Fatamorgana, Denmark’s School of Photographic Art and has a Master’s Degree in Visual Culture from the University of Copenhagen. In her artistic practice she is interested in themes that revolve around identity: memory as a collective remembrance, emotions, beliefs, taboos, trauma and the personal story. In The Picture of The Yellow Sun she tries to express the feeling of lost memories and their effect through reconstruction. In an abstract, poetic and emotional photographic universe she recreates the memory of her estranged father who suffered from schizophrenia. The title The Picture of the Yellow Sun refers to one of her father’s paintings that is no longer in her possession and the project is built around the vague feeling of what has been lost.
Jenny Lindhe (b. 1974) works as an artist and curator. She studied photography at HFF in Gothenburg. Her artistic practice displays an interest in sensitive subjects that are based on a personal experience but which, as they take form, reveal universal concerns. This is seen in her recent work Tingen which deals with mental Illness, suicide and stowed-away grief. In a society where mental illness and suicide are taboo, the things left behind are often also imbued with an elevated and stigmatised meaning. In Tingen these dead objects are depicted , revealing those articles that have lost their function but are still turned over in the search for answers.
The exhibition will run 12th March – 24th April
The exhibition is supported by Malmö Stad, The Swedish Arts Council, DJ:Fotograferne Ophavsretfonden and L.F. Foght’s fund.