goteborg-sweden

Monika Nyström

Göteborgs Konsthall

Monika Nyström’s work concerns vision and the power of light. Her recent show “Skymning” (Twilight) took place during the darkest time of the northern year, but no artificial lighting was used in the galleries. “Twilight” used a range of elements—photographs, a laser installation, a rotating stained-glass window, and place-names painted on the walls—to imagine and interpret abstract concepts like time, space, and light. But it also addressed specific places and the ideological constructions associated with them.

The exhibition mutated over the course of the day, along with the changes in the dim natural light. By late afternoon, visitors had to find their way through darkness, guided only by reflections from a green laser beam or the writing on a wall that was illuminated by ultraviolet lamps. This concern with light could perhaps be labeled a Nordic obsession, since strong contrasts of

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