House Of Sweden
Virtual Grand Opening of Dreamland – Photography by Helene Schmitz
March 25, 2021 at 5 PM – 6 PM (ET)
Embassy of Sweden is proud to present our new photo exhibition Dreamland by Swedish photographer Helene Schmitz! Please join us for a virtual opening of the exhibition, including a curated conversation with the artist.
– Welcome Remarks: Karin Olofsdotter, Ambassador of Sweden to the United States
– Presentation of Dreamland
– Curated Conversation: Helene Larsson Pousette, Cultural Counselor, and Artist Helene Schmitz
The program will be livestreamed.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Helene Schmitz’s work is a photographic account of the unprecedented extraction and depletion of natural resources in Sweden. Dreamland consists of two photography series that examine human-induced changes in bedrock and forest at two different locations: “The Bedrock” focuses on the Aitik mine outside Gällivare and “The Forest” displays the aftermath of a forest fire in former production forests of Västmanland.
Schmitz links her photographs to the rich tradition of landscape painting, using a large-format, analogue camera that lets the spectator observe both the overall vista and the small details. She calls her photographs in the Dreamland series “a meditation on man’s relation to nature – a global, highly industrialized and automated transformation of landscapes.”
Dreamland is curated in collaboration with Embassy of Sweden in USA and consists of twelve photographs, newly composed music by Lisa Montan, and the sound installation “The Messenger” (2020). Photo: © Helene Schmitz.
Virtual Guided Tours of Dreamland by Helene Schmitz, starting March 27
Please join the Embassy of Sweden for virtual guided tours of Dreamland by Helene Schmitz. At the end of the tour, the guide will open up to questions from participants. The tours are held on zoom. For details on upcoming tours and how to register.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, House of Sweden is currently closed to the public. We are closely monitoring the local guidelines and hope to be able to open soon.