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Maria Hedlund, Upplöst #6 (Dissolved #6), 2001, black-and-white photograph, 9 3/8 x 11 3/4". From the series “Upplöst” (Dissolved), 2011.

Maria Hedlund

Elastic Gallery

Maria Hedlund, Upplöst #6 (Dissolved #6), 2001, black-and-white photograph, 9 3/8 x 11 3/4". From the series “Upplöst” (Dissolved), 2011.

Swedish artist Maria Hedlund’s exhibition “Upplöst (Dissolved) included several series of striking gelatin silver photographic prints. The subject of Hyttödammen II,” 2006–11, is a private collection of insects (dragonflies, butterflies, flies, bees, and beetles) accumulated by a teacher who in the early 1960s obsessively catalogued these little creatures from the pond in central Sweden after which the series is named. Hedlund (who herself collects quirky animal relics) eventually purchased the collection from the student who inherited it, and has photographed each box of insects twice: with the old, dusty glass top and without it. Through the smudged and smoky covers, the view of the insects below the glass is hazy, like a distant memory. On each box the Latin names are carefully printed near the corresponding specimens; however, not all the labels correspond to actual specimens.

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