Maria Friberg creates pristinely composed photographic and video tableaux that capture individuals and small groups in inert, meditative states. These figures are engaged in distinctively passive and introverted actions, such as concentrating on their handheld technology, listening to music, asleep, prone on a bed, or simply reclining in what appears to be a state of extreme apathy. The setting for each image varies from vague, universal backdrops 'such as snowy woodlands and stately home interiors' to surreal stacks of crushed car chases. In all cases they are peculiar contexts in which to find an individual at complete ease.
Over the last 20 years, advancements in technology have profoundly transformed the extent to which we are able to interact and communicate with one another. People now possess the freedom to communicate how and when they want. However, in their solitude, Friberg's tender subjects seem to find their place within our frenetic world by jettisoning their perpetual connectivity for a moment of profound stillness amongst the chaos.
Maria Friberg, b. 1966. Major exhibited include Piles of Dreams (solo), Lidköpings Konsthall, Lidköping, Sweden (2016); Maria Friberg (solo), Halmstads Konsthall, Sweden (2015); The Romantic Postmodernism, Gothenburg Museum of Art, Sweden (2015); Erna (solo), Hasseblad Foundation, Gothenburg, Sweden (2014); Maria Friberg (solo), Bohusläns Museum, Uddevalla, Sweden (2014); Man Though The Eyes of Women, Stedelijk Museum Zwolle, The Netherlands (2014); Maria Friberg (solo), Kulturhuset Borgen, Gislaved, Sweden (2013); Another Story, Part 3, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2011). Major collections holding her work include Denver Art Museum, USA, European Central Bank, Germany, The Elizabeth A Sackler Center for Feminist Art, USA, the Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, USA, Museum of Fine Arts, USA, and Moderna Museet, Sweden.
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