ISSUES is pleased to present More Diary, Viktor Fordell's first solo exhibition at the gallery. Viktor’s multimedia based practice stems from collage, photography, sculpture and found objects. In More Diary, the artist focuses on collage and photography exhibiting large lacquered and aluminum framed collages, created from photographs taken at the train station Berlin Ostkreuz. Three smaller photographs of international coins found on the train station floor are shown alongside.
This is not the first time Viktor deals with themes of travel, time or even train stations. In his ever romantic shimmer, clocks move faster than time or stand still. Time and space become redundant in a memory where light, texture and smell are of essence. Capturing a sunset is literal here, the viewer is caught in a snapshot, a moment of time in a traveler’s diary.
The photographs of the monumental O S T K R E U Z on the train station’s exterior are taken from inside the station's grid pattern windows. The network of intersecting lines emphasizes the forced logic of human time while the setting sun shining through both letter and window reminds us of the inevitability of nature’s cyclical time.
When looking at the artwork in More Dairy, we can imagine travelers zooming by missing the sunset and the misplaced coins. One must stand still to feel the sun’s rays and reflect on the luck or misfortune of the discarded currency. As viewers, we see the stationary traveler’s perspective and perhaps can relate as well. Fall marks the last days of sunshine in the North, beckoning winter and darkness ahead. Time for solitude, the interior, reflection and stillness.
The exhibition is accompanied by a text written by Samuelsson. She recently published her debut novel Mjölkat at Albert Bonniers Förlag.
b. 1990 Stockholm, Sweden. Lives and works in Stockholm.
Viktor holds a BFA from Konstfack University in Stockholm. Solo exhibitions include The Garden with Nomad as part of GIBCA Extended, Gothenburg (2023) Seven days of flicker at MEGA Foundation, Stockholm (2023); Lineage at Simo Bacar Gallery, Lisbon (2023); Decades at MEGA Foundation, Stockholm (2019); Inmost Light at Sorbus, Helsinki (2017) and When I First Came to Town at Platform, Stockholm (2016). Group exhibitions include Downtown Issues II at ISSUES, Stockholm (2023); Downtown Issues at ISSUES (2021); DRAKEN II - Amaryllis in Vase with Coyote, Stockholm (2020); It’s A Long Way to Heaven at Tegel, Stockholm (2018); Solna Centrum at The Loon, Toronto (2018); Memory at Loyal Gallery, Stockholm (2016); Friends In Need at Carl Kostyál, Stockholm (2016) and Grade /// Separations at Belenius, Stockholm (2016). Viktor also took part in New Scenarios Body Holes project during the 9th Berlin Biennale.
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Exhibition handout with text by Sanna Samuelsson (PDF, 2.26 MiB) ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––