Maria Hedlund

Fabia Calvasina Arte Contemporanea

In her first solo exhibition in Italy, Swedish artist Maria Hedlund presented four large photographs (all untitled, 1998) and one with much smaller dimensions (Meditations, 1999), all dealing with the same subject: men’s shirts seen from the back, photographed with a zoom lens that framed just the shoulder area and part of the sleeves. The fabric of the garments is always striped or checked, typical of traditional menswear and offering a minimal degree of decoration. The shirts’ textures are elaborate but extremely minute, and the nuances of their colors sober and tonally harmonious.

What makes these banal disclosures interesting is their presentation at an unusual scale and from behind. The folds that the fabric casually assumes give the images a certain sense of plastic emphasis, accentuated by the large dimensions and by the close-up viewpoint, which, at first, prevents the eye from

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