Stockholm City Museum
August 11—October 11, 2020
Floor 3, free admission
By quietly and methodically considering and waiting, Ulf Lundin has developed the form and expression possibilities of the documentary genre. He captures in both still and video the equally comical and absurd situations that arise between the city’s inhabitants.
What can a photograph say about us as people and our lives? Life usually happens elsewhere than on the photographable surface.
We think, feel, love and hate. Most things of importance take place in our heads. Some of it seeps up to the surface, yet much remains invisible to others, perhaps even to ourselves. What we see is a person who takes the Metro to work, cooks for their family, or unblocks the sink. Life goes on, events that in visual terms are not interesting enough to be photographed.
Ulf Lundin tries to find strategies to photograph these seemingly eventless points in time in an interesting way. All that waiting around and travelling that largely makes up life. In Still Films he collects details from numerous negatives, combining them in a single computer image to create a concentrated image of “reality”. Hours are condensed to a moment. If a traditional photo captures a thin morsel of reality, then Still Films takes a bigger bite.In the exhibition Day by Day, Lundin shows work from the series Still Films, 5—9, the Monument, and Best of... , all of which were photographed or filmed in the Stockholm area. The earliest image, Still Films #1 was photographed in 2006 and first exhibited at the Galleri Magnus Karlsson in 2008. The latest image, Best of Rågsved 29th of October 2019 dates from last autumn. Best of Rågsved is the first in a series of images Lundin will be working on in the near future.
Ulf Lundin was born in Alingsås in 1965, and lives and works in Stockholm. He was educated at the School of Photography and Film in Gothenburg, 1990—1997. Selected solo exhibitions: Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm (2018, 2013, 2008, 2002, 2000, 1997); Malmö Fotobiennal (2017); KKW, Leipzig, Germany (2015); House of Culture, Luleå (2011); Alingsås Art Gallery (2010). Selected joint exhibitions: Ooh! Urban Video Art Festival, Gjilan, Kosovo (2019); VAFT (Video Art Festival Turku), Finland (2018); Framing Bodies, Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg (2015); Paparazzi!, Centre Pompidou, Metz, France (2014); Cut Off My Legs and Call Me Shorty, Tensta Art Gallery (2009); Floating Moments, Ystad Art Gallery (2009). His films have been shown at festivals worldwide and his works feature in the collections of Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg; Västerås Art Gallery; Public Art Agency Sweden and in the collections of many Swedish municipalities and regions. He has been awarded the Norrköping Museum of Work Prize for Documentary Photography, 2017 and the City of Stockholm Lennart af Petersens Prize, 2015. His book Monumentet was nominated for the Swedish Photo Book Prize 2019. Ulf Lundin is represented by Galleri Magnus Karlsson.