Galleri David Hall
Davidshallsgatan 28, 211 45 Malmö, Sweden
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www.galleridavidhall.se

Exhibitions

Photograms

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Photograms

Ewa Stackelberg

11 Sept - 4 Oct, 2015
Vernissage: Saturday 12 September, 13-18.
Event: Artist Talk, Thursday 17 September 18-22.

Opening hours: Tue – Fri 13-18, Sat – Sun 12-17.
Please contact the gallery to arrange other times.

– The last thing I did was to rip out that filthy eye, I was a bit afraid...
Ewa Stackelberg explains what happened when she made a picture of a horse's head, which she had picked up in a slaughterhouse. The technique is known as photograms, a simple principle, but the result is amazing.
She began as a documentary photographer. An accident changed her life and her images.

– It started when my husband was killed in a plane crash and I was left alone with two children. It was 17 years ago. Previously I had worked for many years as a documentary photographer with reportage and portraits... but after the accident my photography took a dramatic turn. I needed a different language. I couldn´t express what I felt with the camera in my old ways.

– It was then photograms began to emerge. The principle is simple. You have a color paper, you put something on top, illuminate and then develope. It requires a totally dark room. When working with black-and-white images, you can have a small lamp, but with color images i doesn´t work, they get damaged from any light.

– In the middle of this horrific experience a new kind of freedom opened up for me, an artistic freedom. I just followed my hunches. I had decided not to reject anything, no censorship what so ever. I gave myself the freedom to experiment.
– The first images were chaotic, violent and torn. Then they were dissolved and crumbling. I would never do these pictures now, but they corresponded to my state of mind then. After a while I felt that I had to do something really physically difficult and disgusting.
– Then I contacted a slaughterhouse, and it was amazing. The butchers were absolutely wonderful and gave me all sorts of things, in return i brought them a princess cake every time I went there.
– Sometimes a butcher would call and say ”well hey, we recieved a bowel package here, are you interested? I know you like that kind of weird stuff”.
– I went there and saw a horse head. Only the skull was visible, bloody and with only one eye that was hanging there. I thought ” God, what should I do with this? It´s completely opaque, just a lump, how can I make an image out of this thing?”
– But I felt that I just had to have that horse head. So the butchers gave it to me. I put I it into my shopping cart and went away with it to the subway, took it to my my darkroom and started experimenting.
– It was difficult and I was so tired. I kept on for several days and took hundreds of photos. I smeared the head with grease and tried to light up in different ways, but it didn´t work out.
– The last thing I did was to rip out that filthy eye, I was a bit afraid of it, and I just threw it away. It was pitch black and I was like a blind woman. The eye ended up upon the photopaper. Then I found the flashlight and I sneaked my arm into the horse head and shone the light through the eye.
– Finally the image came out and it was just incredible!
Afterwards I realized that for me it represents both life and death, the horse is the messenger of death and then a strong life force comes through.
– Most images come out unsuccessful and banal, too obvious. But this particular temptation may also lead to something magical, like a picture from another world, made out of something that is as concrete as earth, intestines, leaves, water, mud or oil. It is a kind of alchemical allure.
– It feels like I'm just getting started on a long journey and that inside of me there are lots of pictures left to do, lots of colors and images and patterns, and stories...


Previous exhibitions

Jävlar

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Malmö Gallery night – Finissage of JÄVLAR

Johanna Berg, Nils Bergendal, Anna Gullmark, Torbjörn Larsson, Åsa Sjöström, Michel Thomas


7 June - 27 Sept, 2014 Copenhagen Photo Festival
Finissage, 27 Sept, 18 – 24 p.m.
Opening hours: Fri 13–18. Sat 12–17. Sun 13–17.
Please contact the gallery to arrange other times.

Malmö Gallery Night is organized by Konstfrämjandet Skåne.

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A word can be said – and interpreted – in many different ways. ”Jävlar” is a word that takes shape in your mouth when another word isn’t enough. You can find many different emotions there. Or maybe all different emotions, everything from holy wrath to inscrutable joy.

What are you thinking when the letters J.Ä.V.L.A.R.. are placed in exactly that order? And what are six photographers from Malmö thinking?

Galleri David Hall presents six visual stories during CPF 2014. Six visual interpretations of a word, an expression.

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Johanna Berg

Johanna Berg is an artist and scenographer. Born in Stockholm, resident in Malmö. She is working with a technique where the pictures are processed and printed on PET-G plastic which is then mounted in light boxes. Last show was a solo exhibition in the crypt of Lund Cathedral “Source of Life”. In this ”Jävlar” exhibition, she takes note of force expression: – No, ”Jävlar”, I will pull this off! A cleaning process on several levels, take a hell! The images have been given the title “Discharge”.

www.johannaberg.se

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Nils Bergendal

Nils Bergendal has been working as still photographer since 1990. After an internship in the archive at Magnum, he started out in the field of documentary, covering stories in Somalia, Middle East and the ex-Jugoslavia. In 2000 he began working with large format photography and has continued to do so ever since. He has always had a foot stuck in filmmaking and has produced several documentaries and shorts over the years.

www.nilsbergendal.com

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Anna Gullmark

“In progress” is a documentary project developing slowly to find its final form. Exactly how – is not obvious right now. And not important. It's a project about all of us. About our needs and urges. The need to be noticed, to feel closeness, deep fellowship and to be fully accepted. It is a project about our own body and our relationship to it. About accepting yourself as you are and to be proud of it. It's also a project about experimenting and enjoying the powerful chemistry that we all have access to within ourself. Endorphines, oxytocin, adrenaline, dopamine... But above all it's about compleate trust. The trust in ourselves and the trust in others. And how to grow with it. 

Anna Gullmark is professional photographer with a documentary approach to her works. She is a former lecturer in photography at Mid Sweden university and now works as head of photography at Malmö Museums. Anna was educated at the School of Photography in Gothenburg.

www.malmo.se/museer

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Åsa Sjöström

Åsa Sjöström is a freelance photojournalist and is represented internationally by the picture agency Momentagency and Instituteartist.com
Åsa focuses on social issues with women and children in focus. Her work has been rewarded with first prize in the World Press Photo and numerous awards in Swedish Picture of the Year.

January 2014 the book “Summer sheerest Light ” – A book about violence against women and children. In collaboration with Womens Rights association in Malmö.

2012 Åsa got an honorable mention in the Red Cross Journalist Award for coverage of the famine in the Horn of Africa and an Honorable Mention in Unicef Picture of the year award, for picturing children living in witch camps.
She has been nominated for the Red Cross's journalism award twice and received several scholarships and prizes for journalism for her photojournalistic work.

Åsa lives in Malmo but her work is worldwide. She has been published in magazines such as National Geographic, Le Monde, and several other international magazines.

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Michel Thomas

Michel Thomas work within photography questions the boundery between reality and the fictional.
The “Counter strike” serie point of departure is our time conflicts and courses of event. Who are these masked warriors? What do they want? Now, ”Jävlar”, we fight back!
Michel Thomas grew up in Paris, France and has exhibited both in Sweden and internationally.

www.adenko.com

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Torbjörn Larsson


My Love To Color

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My PASSION for Color

Pia Sjölin

Nov 30 2013 – Jan 26 2014
Vernissage Nov 28

Opening hours: Fri 13:00–18:00, Sat 12:00–17:00, Sun 13:00– 17:00.
Please contact the gallery to arrange other times.

Pia Sjölin uses Venetian plaster to paint her very colourful landscapes and abstract paintings. The landscapes reflect America and Sweden; her abstract paintings are based on architecture.

Pia is an artist and designer. She left Sweden in 1974, after completing studies at Orrefors Glass school and a two year tenure at Kosta glass works, to co-found a glass studio in Collinsville, Connecticut. She has created collections in both art glass and tableware. She has been represented at prestigious museums such as the Smithsonian Institution, the Corning Museum of Glass, the American Craft Museum and the Cooper Hewitt Museum. Numerous magazines, books and television programmes have featured her work.

In the early 90s Pia started to paint murals and faux finishes. In 2003 she started “Pia Sjölin Design”, displaying her designs in textile and glass. Currently Pia is painting Venetian plaster paintings, which will be shown in Sweden for the first time at Galleri David Hall.

www.piasjolin.com


Barriers

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Barriers

Sylvette Wikström

Oct 19 – Nov 23

Opening hours: Fri 13:00–18:00, Sat 12:00–17:00, Sun 13:00– 17:00.
Please contact the gallery to arrange other times.

Sylvette was born and raised in France and Belgium. She has lived in Gothenburg, and now lives in the south of Skåne. Sylvette was educated at the Lycée Royal in Brussels and the art school of Dômen in Gothenburg. She has worked as an artist for 25 years.

Sylvette’s images are usually suggestive stories from the past, often interspersed in or evoked from nature or landscape studies. The goal of each work is to try and capture the inner self with the help of colours and texture, and preferably in a way that both disturbs and touches the viewer. Again, again... and again.

The sizes of the paintings vary from about 40x40 cm to 206x200 cm.

www.sylvette.se

 


Firewatch

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Firewatch

Mats Petersson

June 10 – Oct 23, 2013

Opening hours: Fri 13:00–18:00, Sat 12:00–17:00, Sun 13:00– 17:00.
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”For me, fire evokes complex questions about our origins, the power of nature, and the future of our planet.”

Firewatch is my latest project. I’m not a nature photographer, per se, but an opportunity came one day for me to visit a controlled forest fire not far from my home. After that I photographed fires in 2012 and 2013.

Fire, of course, is one of the ancient worlds’ “four elements.” No forest without fire: no life without fire: no world without fire. Once man learned to create and control fire, civilization developed. Man could cook and eat foods that were previously impossible. Fire was light, warmth and safety. Like many others, I have always been fascinated with fire.

www.mats.pe

www.nevaresfineart.com/MatsPetersson.php


Malmö Gallery Night,
Sept 28, 18:00–24:00

”ELDSJÄL” – electronic work created and performed by composer Olle Petersson, 20:00 and 22:00.

Inspired by the exhibition Firewatch the environment is interpreted and the elements. Noise and crackles are inanimate objects that come to life, and becomes fire, wind and heat.

Malmö Gallery Night is organized by Konstfrämjandet Skåne.


Japanska Tecken

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Japanska Tecken

Mats Petersson

The exhibition was in conjunction with the Photo Biennial in Skåne, Photography in Focus, March 2 - April 28.

The images are from the book ”Japanska tecken” by journalist Mattias Berg and photographer Mats Petersson. It’s a travelogue about the future of mankind and development. About the Japanese future of the industry in the 90s. A rarely documented science-fiction-like world. The question is, what man can do with high technology. And ... what it can do to us.

It has now been more than two years since an earthquake damaged the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, with terrible consequences. Japan will never be free from earthquakes, so this exhibition of 1996 has frightening contemporary relevance too.

Some 13,000 people work in Tokyo City Hall. The earthquake center and emergency room, a so called "Disaster Prevention Center", is located on the 6th floor. This is where an earthquake can be monitored and followed on its way to Tokyo.

The exhibition shows the interior of the emergency room, and also portraits of Masao Suoni, Kikue Yanagawa, Tanzawa Yuko and Yuko Kojo, who were victims of the earthquake in Kobe, January 1995.

www.mats.pe

www.fotografi-i-fokus.com