23 april, 2021 — 29 augusti, 2021
Faced with Lovisa Ringborg’s images, you are immediately drawn into a suggestive atmosphere. A world in which inner and outer realities are merged with the subconscious to create a fascinating whole.
Ringborg regularly returns to the theme of parallel states of consciousness, how dreams allow us to view and experience our surroundings and even our own bodies in a new light. With a firm footing in photography, she creates picturesque scenes in which the profound and the superficial interact. In Mirage, Ringborg’s first exhibition at Fotografiska, besides her photographic and video works from the past few years, we also meet a new sculpture installation. This is Ringborg’s first large sculpture installation.
A disquieting presence
Titled Stray Dogs, it consists of a group of animal bodies set out on the floor just as you enter the exhibition room. They offer a disquieting presence while acting as beholders of both the exhibition and its visitors. The dogs are a reflection of humankind and human qualities, animals bred to be our companions that can appear both vulnerable and frightening when stray, without context, and undefined by their owners. Parallel to this, their presence also plays on our primitive and domesticated instincts.
About Lovisa Ringborg
Lovisa Ringborg (b. 1979, Linköping, Sweden) is a Swedish artist who studied at the University of Gothenburg’s School of Photography. She uses various techniques in her work, including photography, video, and sculpture, an approach that has become increasingly central to her oeuvre. She has had several acclaimed solo exhibitions in Sweden and abroad, including in the USA, South Korea, Switzerland, and Finland. In 2019, she published the book Phantom Limbs, which was among the winners of the 2019 Svensk Bokkonst awards. Lovisa Ringborg is represented by Cecilia Hillström Gallery.