Embassy of Sweden Presents Helene Schmitz Dreamland

By Editorial Team on March 22, 2021
© Helene Schmitz, The Copper Mine, 2017 / © Helene Schmitz, The Marsh, 2019
Virtual Opening: Thursday, March 25 at 5pm

Embassy of Sweden presents the exhibition Dreamland by photographer Helene Schmitz. Virtual opening of the exhibition is on March 25.

The Embassy will host a virtual opening of Dreamland at 5:00 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, March 25. Registration and information here. In addition, starting on Saturday, March 27, the Embassy will offer virtual tours of Dreamland on the weekends. Find the latest information on upcoming virtual tours, and where Dreamland will be showcased next, here.

Helene Schmitz’s work is a photographic account of the unprecedented extraction and depletion of natural resources in SwedenDreamland consists of two photography series that examine human-induced changes in bedrock and forest at two different locations: “The Bedrock” focuses on the Aitik mine outside Gällivare and “The Forest” displays the aftermath of a forest fire in former production forests of Västmanland.

Schmitz links her photographs to the rich tradition of landscape painting, using a large-format, analogue camera that lets the spectator observe both the overall vista and the small details. She calls her photographs in the Dreamland series “a meditation on man’s relation to nature – a global, highly industrialized and automated transformation of landscapes.”

“The Embassy is proud to present this timely photo exhibition in House of Sweden,” says Karin Olofsdotter, Ambassador of Sweden to the United States. “Helene Schmitz’s photographs expose how the human use of natural resources affects biodiversity and ecosystems, and her work sheds light on the importance of urgent climate action. The Swedish government aims to do its part—both at home and abroad—and has set ambitious goals for sustainability, such as becoming the world’s first fossil-free welfare nation.”

Helene Schmitz was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1960. She has a bachelor’s degree in film and art history from Stockholm University. Schmitz has put together numerous exhibitions in her home country and abroad—including at Fotografiska (New York), Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde (Stockholm), and Fotografisk Center (Copenhagen)—and she has produced several award-winning books in collaboration with writers, philosophers, and historians. For the past decade, Helene Schmitz’s work has been concerned with the human and technological impact on the natural world.

Dreamland is curated in collaboration with Embassy of Sweden in USA and consists of twelve photographs, newly composed music by Lisa Montan, and the sound installation “The Messenger” (2020). “The Messenger” was also part of the group show Silent Spring in Stockholm 2020.

House of Sweden is currently closed to the public. We are closely monitoring local COVID-19 guidelines in order to be able to re-open in a safe manner.