Last week I visited the Fotografiska Museet in Stockholm. It is a new museum that focuses on photography. I have no particular interest in photography as art, nor do I often visit museums (I am ashamed to say). I hardly expected there to be something to catch my eye. There are a few exhibitions on at the moment, one about fashion photography through the 20th century (especially the older pictures were of interest to me), a collection of portraits by Gus van Sant and an exhibition by Pieter ten Hoopen called “Stockholm”, about isolation in a big city. The latter did leave an impression, there were quite a few pictures that I really liked. However, what really impressed me were the few pictures from a collection by Vee Speers called “The Birthday Party”. These are photographs of children, childish and yet eerily adult. I sometimes felt there was an “Alice in Wonderland” feel to the pictures, but then there was something much more unsettling and yet beautiful about them. Let me say this: I know nothing about art and it is rare that I feel such an attraction to a certain collection, so now that it happened, I had to share it. And, there is a book with the photographs of this collection, so this post is book related after all. It is one of the few times that I have considered buying a book of art. Unfortunately, I don’t think I can afford it.
Speers says, in an interview with the Guardian:
I was imagining a world run by children, not adults – an anarchic world threaded together by an imaginary party.
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