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17.05.2011

 

GoSee Tip : hands up if you really are normal.. Swedish Photography Berlin presents Anders Petersen's 'Mental Hospital'

“It is the naked encounter, the exposed, vivid confrontation with the opposite and therefore with myself”, Anders Petersen comments on the intentions of his photography.

“I photograph people, with whom I can identify myself and am drawn towards those, who dwell beyond society. Basically, all I am trying to do is create self-portraits through my photographs.”

Swedish Photography will be exhibiting the new opus by the artist, starting with a private view on the 1st of June. Anders visited many psychiatric hospitals over the course of several years in Enskede-Skarpnäck, south of Stockholm. He mingled with both patients and wardens, portrayed them and describes the blurry lines between normality and insanity.

His pictures are distinguished by an unsentimental candour, although his process is full of integrity and sensitive too. He respects the people he photographs; he brings their enigmatic nature to the surface and confronts us with a life that is usually kept behind bars.

Anders Petersen was born in Stockholm in 1944, where he still lives and works today. He gained international fame with his classic Lehmitz Café Hamburg series (1967-1970). He was chosen as photographer of the year 2003 at the "Rencontres de la Photographie" festival in Arles. In 2008, his life work was awarded with the Dr. Erich-Salomon Award by the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Photographie (German society for photography).

Not crazy at all, we think.


Anders Petersen – Mental Hospital
Swedish Photography
Kunsthof
Oranienburger Str. 27
10117 Berlin-Mitte

2 June – 16 July 2011
Wed – Sat, 12noon – 6pm
Private view: 1 June, 7pm

Anders Petersen - Mental Hospital

Anders Petersen - Mental Hospital

Anders Petersen - Mental Hospital

Anders Petersen - Mental Hospital

Anders Petersen - Mental Hospital

Anders Petersen - Mental Hospital

Anders Petersen - Mental Hospital

Anders Petersen - Mental Hospital