Stockholm

Jesper Nordahl

Mångkulturellt Centrum, MKC

“We are flesh and geography,” writes the Italian ethnographer Franco La Cecla. In a world where we continually lose our surroundings to travel—both forced and chosen—community is an itinerary more than an identity. Jesper Nordahl has a keen understanding of how communities create themselves on the move and find ways of belonging that fall oddly between the local and the international, between stability and displacement. His series of photographs “Gasoline and God,” 2000, shows gas stations with mosques in Saudi Arabia, while the video Field trip, 2002, offers a guided tour through the Latvian town Karosta to uncover its history as a former Russian military site. Evidently a seasoned traveler, Nordahl seems to choose cultural curiosities that do not quite belong to a place and yet could never exist outside it.

Nordahl’s recent video installation, JCC vs Uppsala, Botkyrka, 2004, explores the

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