Brändström & Stene
Juan-Pedro Fabra has been exploring the image of the Swedish military since 2002—making photographs and films that investigate the representation of this hidden side of peaceful Sweden, a side unknown to the international marketplace of images. Fabra’s new video, Untitled, 2004, presents a typical Scandinavian landscape, in which almost nothing seems to be happening except for the change of light as dusk falls and night approaches. There is something profoundly meditative about this straightforward view of the environment, as one is drawn into the slow rhythm of change. Is this how professional observers of nature develop their powers of perception? The camera is fixed in position, the image framed like a Romantic painting, with compositions and color settings straight out of Caspar David Friedrich. After looking at the stillness for some time, however, we begin to notice slight movements:
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