Jonas Dahlberg | 2016

12/02/2016 • 01/04/2016


Magazzino is pleased to announce the third solo show by Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg in the gallery space.

After having focused in recent years on large-scale public commissions, Dahlberg produced a new series of works with a more intimate and personal approach, echoing an inner landscape of visual and sound memories, and an immersive fascination with nature.

A series of photographs, both in colour and black & white, depicts common birds sitting on tree branches in their natural environment. What appears to be a skilful snapshot of a chance encounter with nature, is in fact a natural setting carefully prepared and pre-constructed by the artist himself, who stages a sort of cinematographic diorama and waits for the perfect instant to occur. Dahlberg therefore exercises a strong control over the image’s final result, although taking into account the small variations that chance and nature necessarily generate.

In the other work exhibited he presents us with a different kind of diorama. An amplified microcosm, closely inspected as if looked at from under a magnifying lens. The installation titled Music Box follows the movements of the camera inside a small sounding mechanism, an object that bears a personal significance for the artist.

The mechanics of the music box, cylinder, metal elements and pins, enlarged and magnified to an industrial scale, remind us of the visual language of films such as Chaplin’s Modern Times andFritz Lang’s Metropolis, as well as the austere objectivity of German photographer Adolf Lazi’s 1930’s photographic series.

In all the exhibited works, time is the cornerstone element, a time restrained and dilated, up to the freeze instant of the shutter closure. Where as the suspended staged sets, are used by Dahlberg simultaneously as methodology and narrative device.

Jonas Dahlberg, was born in Borås, Sweden, in 1970. He works and lives in Stockholm. After studying architecture at Lunds Technical School between 1993 and 1995, he attends the MalmöArt Academy, obtaining his Diploma in 2000. Since then Dahlberg dedicated himself primarily to the production of a series of video works that focus on extremely slow camera movements within architectural spaces or environments. Such architectural environments are small-scale models constructed and filmed by the artist using experimental techniques.

The work of Jonas Dahlberg – video, photography, installation or sculpture – concentrates and focuses on the concept of space, time and architecture; where architecture is the political place which influences the understanding of oneself, and the way one perceives the surrounding world.

In 2014 Dahlberg was selected to create a memorial for the dead of the massacres of the 22nd of July 2011 – the car bomb explosion in Oslo’s city centre and the shooting on the island of Utøya. Dahlberg’s Memory Wound is due to inaugurate in 2017, and it consists of a three and a half metre vertical cut in the rock of the Sørbråten peninsula, in front of Utøya. On one side of the cut, on the polished stone surface, the names of the victims will be engraved. This permanent caesure in the landscape, like a wound, will reproduce the experience of loss and will testify the irreplaceable void left by those human lives. This month Jonas Dahlberg won a public commission for the façade of a new arena in the city of Bristol (UK), planned and designed by the International collective Populous, and the RIBA Stirling Prize winners Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. In 2012 Dahlberg designs the sets for Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth for the Grand Théatre in Geneva. The production will be touring to Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona with its premiere on October 7th 2016.

The work of Jonas Dahlberg has been exhibited internationally in relevant venues, both private and public. His work was included in International events such as: Prospect II New Orleans Biennial (2011), the Lisbon Architecture Triannale (2010), the Busan Biennial (2004), the 50th Venice Biennial (2003), Manifesta 4 (2002) and represented Sweden at the 26th Bienal de São Paulo (2004). Selected solo exhibitions include Kunsthall Trondheim, Trondheim (2015), Ray Photography Triennal, Frankfurt (2015); Archizoom, Lausanne (2013), Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg   (2012), Galeria Foksal, Warsaw (2008), Neue Kunsthalle St. Gallen (with Jan Mancuska) and Frac Bourgogne, Dijon (2006), Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn (with Jan Mancuska) (2005) and Kunstverein Langenhagen (2003).