Jonas Dahlberg

Galerie Nordenhake | Stockholm

Were Jonas Dahlberg a film director, his camera work might be described as front and center or a little bit square—but that’s OK, because his work is otherwise flush with mystifying dramas. In his earlier three-screen video Three Rooms, 2008, domestic interiors simply melt into nothing. There’s no trace of special effects, you can’t believe your eyes, and then it’s over—chests, chairs, beds, all gone. You shake your head, you move on. Dahlberg doesn’t need to move the camera around; he positions you to experience his version of the Kübler-Ross model of five stages of grief, running from denial to acceptance.

Dahlberg’s best work reminds me of what can be read as another revision of Kübler-Ross’s sequence, J. G. Ballard’s 1981 short story “The Autobiography of J. G. B.” A man wakes one morning to find his town of Shepperton inexplicably deserted. “Nothing in this peaceful suburb was out of

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