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10.01.2012

 

The Girls at Bull's Pond. On bathers and irons. An exhibition by Tuija Lindstöm at Swedish Photography in Berlin.

With 'Girls at Bull's Pond', the Berlin gallery presents the nude series that constituted artist Tuija Lindstöm’s breakthrough in the early 1990s. She uses a sensual narrative, juxtaposing and contextualising the women in the pictures with flat irons.

“Many people don't understand what it is I want to express with my pictures and many reactions are telltale signs of homophobic attitudes and fear of female sexuality. I wonder why women should not have the right to photograph our own bodies, why should this only be a privilege held by men.”

Tuija Lindstöm kept hitting social obstacles over the course of her artistic career. Being both an artist and a mother, she still managed to obtain and defend a place in the male dominated terrain of nude photography due to her very feminist philosophy. Tuija Lindstöm was the first woman to become a professor at Sweden's only university for photography.

The complexity of her work is rarely reflected in one picture alone, but she rather seeks to congregate diverging expressions and statements, always consciously referring to the form, the specific nature of which is forcefully caused by the respective content. Her pictures include images of women, landscapes and technical fractal experiments.

She was born in Kotka, Finland in 1950. In 1975, Tuija Lindstöm moved to Sweden and lives and works on the Swedish island of Öland and in Stockholm. She studied at the University for art in Stockholm in 1984. From 1992 to 2002, she was a professor at the Swedish university for Photography Göteborg. Lindström was awarded many awards and scholarships, including a ten-year work scholarship at the Swedish cultural ministry and a work-related stay in London 2006-2007 by the IAPIS .

Lindström's photographs have been published in many books and catalogues, such as Tuija Lindström Look at us Now, Liljevalchs Konsthall, 2004. Her works were part of countless international solo and group exhibitions. She is a permanent fixture in the collections of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, Kiasma , Museum of Comtemporary Art, Helsinki, Die Königliche Bibliothek, Copenhagen, Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

TUIJA LINDSTRÖM ‘THE GIRLS AT BULL´S POND’
PRIVATE VIEW FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2012, 7pm
4 FEBRUARY – 17 MARCH 2012, WED - SAT, 12pm - 6pm
SWEDISH PHOTOGRAPHY
KARL-MARX ALLEE 62, 10243 BERLIN
WWW.SWEDISHPHOTOGRAPHY.ORG