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Available Light by Erika Råberg Opens
February 8 @ 6:00 pm
Erika Råberg is a Swedish-American artist working with both still and moving images to explore the intricate relationship between language, image, and sound. At the Swedish American Museum, Råberg will share work made over the course of many years on the farm in rural Värmland, Sweden, that has been in the family since the early 1600s. In one short film, her father and eleven-year-old cousin play variations on a Swedish folk tune as they move about the farmhouse, a call and response between past and present. A newer companion piece explores the fleeting feeling of fall during harvest time. Themes of intimacy and distance, sense of place, and sense of home emerge, with archival material woven into present-day footage.
Recent exhibitions include the Elmhurst Art Museum, ACRE Projects, COLLABO as part of Second Floor Rear, Chicago Artists Coalition, Roman Susan, the InVisible Culture Retrospective at the University of Rochester, and a project in collaboration with Kelly Lloyd for the 2017 Terrain Biennial.
Råberg earned her MFA in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015, and was a Research Fellow at the Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration in 2015-16. Råberg was recently the recipient of a grant from the American-Scandinavian Foundation in New York, and is currently a guest artist in project studies at the Royal Art Academy in Stockholm, Sweden.