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Jonas Dahlberg, Music Box, 2015, video, black-and-white, sound, 26 minutes 55 seconds. Installation view.

Jonas Dahlberg

Galerie Nordenhake | Stockholm

Jonas Dahlberg, Music Box, 2015, video, black-and-white, sound, 26 minutes 55 seconds. Installation view.

On July 22, 2011, the far-right terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, dressed as a police officer, detonated a bomb at the Norwegian Parliament building in Oslo, killing eight people. He then traveled to the island of Utøya, where the Workers’ Youth League had a summer camp, and shot and killed sixty-nine people, wounding an additional sixty-six; the majority were teenagers. Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg has been working on July 22 memorials in Oslo and Utøya, to be completed this summer. His recent exhibition “Diorama” made clear that he’s been up to many other things besides, and yet it was impossible not to think of the massacre even while looking at his new gallery works, even if they have no obvious connection to the shootings.

With Breivik in mind, encountering “Birds,” 2015–, Dahlberg’s new series of staged photographic portraits of common garden birds, is a strange experience.

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