Edited by Anneli Bäckman, Joa Ljungberg, Sasa Nabergo
Texts by Nada Beros, Thomas Bromee, Anneli Bäckman,
Karen Diamond, Joa Ljungberg, November Paynter
Design by Matilda Plöjel
2013, English, Swedish, softcover
183 pages, 16.5 x 24 cm
Retrospective/Retrospektiv is the first monograph on Ola Pehrson (1964-2006) to be published. The book includes a range of essays as well as documentation of his most important artworks, which together provide valuable insight into Pehrson’s artistic legacy. His public breakthrough came in the late nineties with the multi-media installation Yucca Invest Trading Plant, a humorous and multifaceted work dealing with the financial market. In his oeuvre we move between large-scale systems such as the global economy and mass media, and the intimate sphere of the home. At its core we find a keen interest in human behaviour and what controls it, as well as a deep fascination with human perception. The suburban villa that was his childhood home appears in different guises throughout the work, like in the installation Birthday Party, a reconstruction of his mothers’ sixty-fifth birthday. His last work, Hunt for the Unabomber, garnered wide international acclaim when it was presented at the 2005 Istanbul Biennial. In 2006, at the height of his international career, Ola Pehrson was tragically killed in a car accident.