Text by Lars O Ericsson
Design by Bedow
2015, English, Swedish, softcover
131 pages, 21 x 28 cm
Patrik Karlström investigates the politics of representation and when he replaces art historical language with the language of economics there is a noticeable shift in meaning. Over the years, Karlström has consistently shown the viewer that no shape or image is neutral, neither in art nor in society as a whole. In his most recent project Swiss Alps, Karlström has photographically documented the peaks of this famous range, making vertical panoramas of the majestic mountains from up on the highest summit all the way down to the valley.
The project is an exploration of how the sublime in nature can be used as a symbol for, and visual communication of, the world economy. Switzerland represents the banking sphere at its most stable and it could be seen as the epicentre of the financial world, with the World Economic Forum naturally located in Davos. Mountains are often symbols of strength and stability, power and hierarchy. With his photographs of sublime and massive mountain ranges, Karlström lays bare the rhetoric of power and influence. Published in collaboration with Björkholmen Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden.