The Swedish artist Mikael Olsson has in his latest project been exploring the heritage of Bruno Mathsson, one of Swedish modernism's leading designers. In Frösakull - a house that Mathsson both designed and lived in - Mikael Olsson invaded, colonised and interacted with the remains of the house. In Södrakull, on the other hand - a second house that Mathsson designed and lived in - Olsson acted like a Peeping Tom, sneaking around the exterior of the house with his camera. Södrakull was left abandoned after Mathsson´s death and nobody took care of his house. When Olsson visited the property it was still left untouched as if the owner just got up and left his home. Frösakull was later sold, fixtures, furniture and other possessions included, and Södrakull was refurbished and turned into a glossy and artificial space. In Södrakull Frösakull Mikael Olsson has created a phenomenological interplay between presence and absence, inner meaning and outer representation, turning the very notion of the human gaze inside out.

This project includes an impressive monograf, designed by Acne Art Department and Mikael Olsson, published by Steidl Verlag, released together with the exhibition. The book includes texts by Beatriz Colomina, Hans Irrek and Helena Mattsson.

Mikael Olsson, born in Lerum, Sweden, 1969, studied at The School of Photography at Göteborg University, 1993-96, Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, CA, USA, 1995 and History and Theory at Department of Architecture, Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, 2001-02.


© Mikael Olsson