KLARA KÄLLSTRÖM & THOBIAS FÄLDT | VILLAGE / HIGH HILLS

February 27 – April 25, 2015
Opening Reception/Book Launch: February 27, 6–8PM

CULT | Aimee Friberg Exhibitions is pleased to present Village / High Hills, an exhibition of photography and related artifacts by Stockholm-based artists Klara Källström and Thobias Fäldt, on view from February 27 through April 25. For this project––whose title refers to “Kali Forno,” the alleged indigenous name for California that describes its mountainous terrain––Källström and Fäldt will conduct a site-specific photographic exploration centered around San Francisco’s Mission district, applying their characteristic methods of cultural and historical research to reveal the distinctive identity of this iconic neighborhood at a time of flux and rapid transition. In addition to twenty images from an earlier iteration of the same body of work, the exhibition will feature several photographs produced specifically for this show. Källström and Fäldt‘s practice is rooted in contemporary documentary photography, in particular the idea of the photograph as visual diary or travelogue, as well as in the belief that the subtlest cultural differences are sometimes more easily perceived from an outsider's perspective.

For Village / High Hills, the artists take as a jumping-off point an earlier photographic series entitled Village (2014), for which they spent three months photographing sites in the Canadian provinces of Québec and Ontario. The opening reception of the exhibition at CULT will also celebrate the publication of an eponymic photobook produced as part of this project. With a traveler's inquisitiveness, Källström and Fäldt captured images in diverse locations, focusing on narratives surrounding the colonization of Canada and how indigenous and imported languages have evolved over time. The artists found that the Francophone population resisted giving up their French in favor of English, while the indigenous people have been marginalized to the extent that today their language is almost completely invisible. In order to highlight and address these linguistic and cultural omissions, Källström and Fäldt chose to caption their photographs using each location's original indigenous name, translated into colonial languages. By using the pre-colonial names, the artists sought to render visible that which has been lost in what they call “the blind spots of contemporary society.”

In Village / High Hills, Källström and Fäldt will use similar methods of cultural investigation to examine how the Mission district––and, by extension, the greater San Francisco Bay Area––has evolved over the years, and will work to unearth and explore hidden meanings by documenting, naming, and cataloguing images they will capture in an on-site exploration in the weeks prior to the opening of the exhibition. Village / High Hills will also feature a first-edition copy of Robert Frank’s seminal book Les Américans, the result of the Swiss-born photographer’s coast-to-coast journey across the United States in the 1950s. Källström and Fäldt’s work continues in Frank’s tradition of exploring the personal poetics of lived experience, and the ways in which the subjectivities of the individual subject, photographer, and viewer shape cultural meaning on a broad scale.

The photographic discourse inherent in this work is dependent upon a rich system of cultural signs and signifiers. Källström and Fäldt’s work aims to investigate and expose the symbols by which the photographic message is composed. By questioning and disassembling the medium’s traditional narrative entities and then amassing them anew, the artists aim to deepen our comprehension of the myriad ways in which we witness the world around us.

ABOUT KLARA KÄLLSTRÖM & THOBIAS FÄLDT
Klara Källström (b. 1984) and Thobias Fäldt (b. 1978) have been working collaboratively as KK + TF since 2005. In 2011, they founded the publishing company B-B-B-Books together with the design collective 1:2:3. Källström and Fäldt have had solo [TK] exhibitions at galleries and institutions around the world, including VERKET (Stockholm), Fotografiska: The Swedish Museum of Photography (Stockholm), Trafó House of Contemporary Art (Budapest), The Popular Workshop (San Francisco) and Gallery VU (Québec City). They have participated in group exhibitions at the Swedish Institute (Paris), the Hasselblad Center (Gothenburg), LACMA (Los Angeles) and, most recently, at CFF/The Center for Photography (Stockholm) and the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China. Their work has also been published in numerous photography anthologies around the world.

Image credits (from left to right): Village / At the place of spearing fish and eels, 2012-2015, pigment print with letterpress matting, 23. 6 x 19.7 inches, edition of 5 + 2 AP; Village, B-B-B-Books (Stockholm & Quebec, 2015); Village / Son Propre Nez, pigment print with letterpress matting, 23. 6 x 19.7 inches, edition of 5 + 2 AP
Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt - High Hills / Place of Rest, 2015, pigment print framed with brass titleplate, 48 x 32 inches, edition of 3 + 2 AP
Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt - High Hills / Place of Food, 2015, pigment print framed with brass titleplate, 48 x 32 inches, edition of 3 + 2 AP
Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt - High Hills / Place of Barn Owl, 2015, pigment print framed with brass titleplate, 48 x 32 inches, edition of 3 + 2 AP
Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt - High Hills / No Translation, 2015, pigment print framed with brass titleplate, 48 x 32 inches, edition of 3 + 2 AP
Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt - Village / La grande côte, 2015, pigment print with foil embossed letter matting, 23. 6 x 19.7 inches, edition of 5 + 2 AP
Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt - Village / Là où le fleuve se rétrécit, 2015, pigment print with foil embossed letter matting, 23. 6 x 19.7 inches, edition of 5 + 2 AP
Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt - Village / Neck of land, 2015, pigment print with foil embossed letter matting, 23. 6 x 19.7 inches, edition of 5 + 2 AP
Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt - Village / Meeting place, 2015, pigment print with foil embossed letter matting, 23. 6 x 19.7 inches, edition of 5 + 2 AP
Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt - Village / Là où c’est fermé, 2015, pigment print with foil embossed letter matting, 23. 6 x 19.7 inches, edition of 5 + 2 AP
Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt - Village / Débarquer, 2015, pigment print with foil embossed letter matting, 23. 6 x 19.7 inches, edition of 5 + 2 AP
Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt - Village / Son propre nez, 2015, pigment print with foil embossed letter matting, 23. 6 x 19.7 inches, edition of 5 + 2 AP
Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt - Village / Traders, 2015, pigment print with foil embossed letter matting, 23. 6 x 19.7 inches, edition of 5 + 2 AP
Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt - Village / Entre les rochers, 2015, pigment print with foil embossed letter matting, 23. 6 x 19.7 inches, edition of 5 + 2 AP
Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt - Village / Shining waters, 2015, pigment print with foil embossed letter matting, 23. 6 x 19.7 inches, edition of 5 + 2 AP
Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt - Village / Place de pêche, 2015, pigment print with foil embossed letter matting, 23. 6 x 19.7 inches, edition of 5 + 2 AP
Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt - Village / Grands rapides, 2015, pigment print with foil embossed letter matting, 23. 6 x 19.7 inches, edition of 5 + 2 AP
Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt - Village / At the place of spearing fish and eels, 2015, pigment print with foil embossed letter matting, 23. 6 x 19.7 inches, edition of 5 + 2 AP
Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt - Village / A hilly place, 2015, pigment print with foil embossed letter matting, 23. 6 x 19.7 inches, edition of 5 + 2 AP
Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt - Village / Silex, 2015, pigment print with foil embossed letter matting, 23. 6 x 19.7 inches, edition of 5 + 2 AP
Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt - Village / Lieu où l’on se chauffe, 2015, pigment print with foil embossed letter matting, 23. 6 x 19.7 inches, edition of 5 + 2 AP
Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt - Village / Barachois, 2015, pigment print with foil embossed letters, 23. 6 x 19.7 inches, edition of 5 + 2 AP
Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt - Village / Lieu où l’on ramasse des oeufs, 2015, pigment print with foil embossed letter matting, 23. 6 x 19.7 inches, edition of 5 + 2 AP
Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt - Village / Là où c’est bouché, 2015, pigment print with foil embossed letter matting, 23. 6 x 19.7 inches, edition of 5 + 2 AP
Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt - Village / Village, 2015, pigment print with foil embossed letter matting, 23. 6 x 19.7 inches, edition of 5 + 2 AP

Past

RHONDA HOLBERTON: Still Life
January 10 – March 4, 2017

REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN: Release Me
October 21 - December 10, 2016

NO SHOW MUSEUM: Yves Klein, Maria Eichhorn, Daniel Knorr, Etc.
One Night Only: Monday, October 17, 2016

DESIRÉE HOLMAN: Selected Works
September 17 - October 8, 2016

SHE MOONAGE DAYDREAM:
Facundo Argañaraz, Leah Guadagnoli, Desirée Holman, Kara Joslyn, Max Maslansky, Liz Robb, Tamra Seal, Emily Weiner, & Cate White

July 16 - August 20, 2016

PABLO DÁVILA: Ladies & Gentlemen,
We Are Floating In Space

May 13 - July 9, 2016

MASAKO MIKI: Conversations with Fox, Feather, and Ghost
March 4 - April 30, 2016

SUZY POLING: Total Internal Reflection
January 15 - February 27, 2016

DAN GLUIBIZZI: You Don’t Have to be Alone Tonight
November 6 – December 19, 2015

FRANCESCO IGORY DEIANA: Haptic Render
September 11- October 31, 2015

SEXXXITECTURE: Daniel Gerwin, Rebekah Goldstein, Roman Liška, Max Maslansky, May Wilson & Jake Ziemann
July 1 - August 1, 2015

ADAM SORENSEN: In Situ
May 1 - June 27, 2015

KLARA KÄLLSTRÖM & THOBIAS FÄLDT: Village / High Hills
February 27 - April 25, 2015

PRINCE RAMA: How To Live Forever
January 25 – February 21, 2015

JOSEPH DUMBACHER & JOHN DUMBACHER: Divert (Out of Line)
November 7, 2014 – January 16, 2015

REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN: Passenger
September 12 – November 1, 2014

A PATTERN LANGUAGE: Michelle Grabner, Angie Wilson & Lena Wolff
June 20 - July 19, 2014

MICHELLE BLADE: Gathering Into Being
April 25th – June 7th, 2014

MIGUEL ARZABE: /*Reject Algorithms*/
March 7 – April 19, 2014

JACQUELINE KIYOMI GORDON: Drawings
March 7 – April 19, 2014

FRITZ CHESNUT: Purr Valley
& Rhonda Holberton

January 10 - February 22, 2014

UNSEEN: Miya Ando, Miguel Arzabe, Chris Duncan, Klea Mckenna & Dean Smith
November 10 - December 21, 2013

Past Off-Site Exhibitions

LAS COSAS QUE PINTAN / PAINTING IN AN EXPANSIVE FIELD
Works by Miguel Arzabe & Juan Sorrentino

April 9 – May 17, 2015

EBB: Gina Borg and Chris Russell at Loczi Design
December 10, 2014