Seven new exhibitions at Abecita Popkonst & Foto.
Photography that makes our hearts beat faster – and then some. At our offices in Sjömarken, we have the pleasure of enjoying the works of several gifted photographers like Terry O’Neill, Albert Watson, Mary McCartney and Herb Ritts.
So taking the step from here to partnering with the Abecita Popkonst & Foto wasn’t a big one. Located in Borås, the Abecita Popkonst & Foto has a permanent exhibition of mainly graphic art and photography from Europe and the United States, and features temporary exhibitions of top-notch photographic art.
Or as Michaela Faily, museum director at Abecita Popkonst & Foto, says: “You do not need to ‘know art’ or be in any special way – we appreciate you as you are. Instead, we want to offer you a wonderful moment when you can breathe a sigh of relief, get new impressions and leave us a little richer in experience and with a wonderful sense of opportunity bubbling within you. ” Doesn’t that sound inspiring?
The summer at Abecita Popkonst & Foto is absolutely packed this year. Between 19 May and 2 October, Olle Ljungström’s photographs – usually mostly associated with music – will be on display, Andrea Björsell will take us to her hometown Hong Kong, Lisalove Bäckman’s dreamy self-portraits will fascinate and Mats Alfredsson will introduce a new street art photographer: Gabi Ben Avraham. If you want to see the best of last year’s Swedish photojournalism – the 79th edition of Årets bild (Photo of the Year) will be on show at Abecita Popkonst & Foto this summer. Birger Sandström also takes us to Gotska Sandön in his captivating photographs of nature. In addition to these six photo art exhibitions, you have the opportunity to meet Mr Walker in “Who is Mr Walker”, pop art by Jan Håfström. Welcome to Abecita Popkonst & Foto.
OLLE LJUNGSTRÖM – Tänk om man hade råd med en ängel (What if you could afford an angel), 19 May – 2 October 2022
Olle Ljungström, music artist and visual artist, presents his art in three parts. The exhibition tells the story of Olle’s photography where chance was an important component. The various rolls of film he used – black and white, colour, sometimes expired, sometimes buried in the garden for a while before use – often produced surprising results. It’s not unusual for the images to be blurred, but there is a sharpness to what they convey. The image is cropped.
ANDREA BJÖRSELL – Hong Kong 100 dagar (Hong Kong 100 days), 19 May – 2 October 2022
Andrea Björsell, a photographer raised in Borås, lives in Hong Kong and has spent 100 days photographing the city as she sees it.The political situation and the period of change from freedom to a new regime that characterises life there is what inspired her. To be able to see the positive moments around her and capture them with her camera, Andrea needed to find a focus and balance – her photography became a way to breathe and find new hope. The image is cropped.
LISALOVE BÄCKMAN – Inuti utanpå (Inside Outside), 19 May – 2 October 2022
Lisalove Bäckman’s photography is dreamy, attractive, playful and ambiguous – with a hint of darkness. Traditional art history has inspired the almost surrealistic self-portraits created with imaginative settings, costume design and a well thought-out concept. The creative process is both controlled and spontaneous, and ideas can come anytime, anywhere. Lisalove won Årets fotograf(Photographer of the Year) at Kamera & Bild’s Grand Prix and has also shown her work at Swedish photography museum Fotografiska’s Autumn Salon. The image is cropped.
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GABI BEN AVRAHAM – The street is not a studio, 19 May – 2 October 2022
Mats Alfredsson continues to present outstanding street photographers through his “Room for street” concept – a fixed space dedicated to guest street photographers. Gabi, an internationally recognised and respected photographer tells us: “The street is not like a studio. Sometimes I stand and wait for things to approach – a cyclist, a dancer, a child – and then pass by. Street photography is my favourite way of looking at the world. My camera has become an integral part of me, and I can’t imagine myself being without it. Wherever I go, I take it with me and think “today might be the day I get lucky and take the best picture of my life”.
ÅRETS BILD 2021 (Photo of the Year 2021), 79th EDITION, 19 May – 2 October 2022
Årets Bild 2021 is the 79th edition of Sweden’s most prestigious competition for photojournalists. The competition, which is open to all professional photographers, rewards images and stories taken and filmed in 2021. The exhibition provides a review of the past news year and shows the breadth, diversity and high level of expertise in Swedish photojournalism. A book presenting all winning and nominated entries was produced in conjunction with the competition. Year after year, the book becomes a contemporary record of events in Sweden and the world around us.
BIRGER SVANTESON – Mellanrum (Spaces), 19 May – 2 October 2022
Photographs from the landscape of Gotska Sandön show us the mystery of nature. Is that a man standing over there, or is it just a tree? Birger finds his subjects in the space between sea and land, and in the sands of the sea there are constant changes, as tangible as life itself. The location is unique and has had its own identity for Birger for over forty years. “I want to see and understand the difference between the expression of large and small things. I am attracted by the power, the rhythm, the movement, the harmony, the fantasy, the mystery, the loneliness, the anguish, but also by stories with inner tensions and contradictions.”
JAN HÅFSTRÖM – Who is Mr. Walker, 19 May – 2 October 2022
Since his debut in the 1960s, Jan Håfström has worked with both figurative and abstract painting, made films and sculptures, and also written texts. This exhibition presents his fantastic world of pictures in a series of signed etchings that he produced together with Ateljé Larsen. A recurring character is the well-known Mr Walker, dressed in a coat and hat, who is constantly on his way somewhere. Mr Walker is a hero, an absent father and perhaps even the artist himself, all at the same time. The image is cropped.
Abecita Popkonst & Foto, med grafittimålning från street art-festivalen No Limit
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