2014-01-13, kl. 11:00
There is growing interest in photography – both in the established art world, where more and more galleries and museums are exhibiting photography, and among the general public, on Instagram and Facebook. Visitors to Luleå Airport will now have an opportunity to see works by one of the masters of documentary photography. Erik Holmstedt, who has a new book of photos and was recently awarded the prestigious K W Guller Grant from Sweden’s Nordic Museum, will exhibit two series of photos – Inte längre mitt hem (‘No Longer My Home’) and Vinterlandskap (‘Winter Landscape’).
Inte längre mitt hem deals with an area of single-family dwellings in Malmberget that have been emptied as a result of expanded mining operations. Today all the homes have been moved or demolished. Malmberget is undergoing extensive social change, with residents having to find new housing on safe ground. The Vinterlandskap photo series shows different close-up images of snow.
Erik Holmstedt is an artist and photographer from Luleå, born in Malmberget. He studied photography at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm and worked at various newspapers including Norrbottens-Kuriren and Piteå-Tidningen for many years. Since then he has worked as a freelance while making documentary and art photography. Erik drives around a great deal on country roads and in abandoned areas throughout the province of Norrbotten to get inspiration for his images. He has had a number of solo exhibitions in Sweden and has taken part in numerous collective exhibitions abroad. Erik’s works can be found in many institutions and municipalities in Norrbotten as well as nationally at Public Art Agency Sweden.