“In Place of Memory” seeks to raise questions about identity and place and migration while exploring how collective memory and nostalgia are manifested in photographs. Fascinated by nostalgia and its interplay with memory and photography, this body of work draws upon personal experience and remembrance while photographing the people and environments of several interconnected villages of Ådalen in northern Sweden. The area, known for the historic workers movement of Ådalen ’31, is currently undergoing change due to a combination of years of steady depopulation and recent increase in immigration.
In Place of Memory is photographed between 2013 – 2015, during a time when Sweden is grappling with its identity as a safe haven for the world’s refugees and the rise of xenophobic political parties on the far right. Much like the rest of Europe, Sweden is going through a search for identity in a changing social landscape. As a migrant myself, this work explores themes of identity and place on both a personal and political scale.
The work has received several honors most recently being awarded the prestigious Sune Jonsson award for 2016. The work has been exhibited at the Hasselblad Center, Galleri Kontrast and Black Door Gallery and can be seen at the Sune Jonsson Centre for Documentary Photography from Nov 2016 – 24 April 2017 in Umeå, Sweden. “In Place of Memory -the book” was released by Teg Publishing in September 2016 thanks to the generous support of Stiftelsen Längmanska Kulturfonden and my Kickstarter community.