återvändarna / the returners

Återvändarna / The Returners is a series of anthotype prints inspired by re-appropriated archival photographs of Swedish-American migrants taken between ca.  1850-1920 from a variety of public archives. The plant-based anthotype process has been argely ignored for its inherent impermanence; its inability to remain fixed. This trait, once seen as a drawback, is re-envisioned in Återvändarna. The archival images are digitally captured and reworked before being exposed on hand-dyed paper for 2-6 weeks using sunlight. The emulsion itself is made from blueberries (often described as a native plant tied to the Swedish selfimage) and Lupine flowers (often described as an “invasive species” brought to Sweden from North America ca. 1870). The prints continue to change as exposed to light and the process becomes a way to visualize the transience of the migrant experience and also raise questions about the impermanent nature of the human condition.