MIKAEL OLSSON
Early work UNDER CONSTRUCTION



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Mikael Olsson’s pictures consist of a multitude of levels. As a viewer you become involved in a narrative where the signification is to be found between these layers. There is no beginning, nor end, in his imagery, only a presence that charges the representation with an undefined movement, shifting from closeness to distance. The beholder is struck by an ambivalent emotional mix of both emptiness and presence...

In Olsson’s imagery, we find deserted places, interiors, landscapes and architectonical segments. We often find a person doing something. The images seem fragmented, like elusive moments in time.

A Swedish critic once described Olsson’s photographs as a “road movie without a plot” – that they were “on the spot accounts without context or meaning”; perhaps that is the most fruitful way to approach Mikael Olsson's photographs: to see them not as accounts of the past, but as images of oblivion.

UNDER CONSTRUCTION