Göteborg, Sweden

Juan-Pedro Fabra Guemberena

Röda Sten

By the time artists approach midcareer we are accustomed to seeing them repeat themselves; the clichés mount up and with the shtick comes a fatal lowering of energy. Juan-Pedro Fabra Guemberena could easily have gone that way. After all, his impressive photographic career is built, more or less, on a single conceit: the art of human deception leveraged against nature’s artlessness. Camouflage was usually involved; soldiers could often be seen disappearing into a landscape. “The South Will Rise Again,” Fabra Guemberena’s recent exhibition at Röda Sten, could simply have been an inevitable step in the measured playing-out of a career. It was anything but.

Röda Sten, housed in a 1940s industrial building, has mammoth interiors; lightly renovated, it seems largely left as found—as if abandoned. Fabra Guemberena presented eight projects dating from 1997 on, including video and sound installations,

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