Oskog (Unwoods)

Exhibition at Galleri Thomas Wallner, Simris, Sweden, 26 November 2022 – 8 January 2023

200 permanent ink-jet prints on archival paper, 48×33 cm
Artist Book, 248 pages, 500 numbered copies, including the 200 photographs and an essay by the writer Helena Granström– The Tree, or; the Inner Life of Martin Buber

The work is the result of one and a half years spent photographing trees and the forests in which they live together. Within an area measuring about 30 kilometers around my hometown Tomelilla, in Sweden’s Österlen, I sought out trees that have been left to live and die in a natural way; trees that have been allowed to grow, wilt, and return to soil without interference or any effort to make them directly useable by humans. You might say that the trees and the forest, just like all life, are at once alive and dead, and that this double existence, its wildness, is in fact the basis for life. Thus, the title Unwoods.