The Institut Suédois will be closed from 12 January to 17 February for exhibition changeover. We look forward to seeing you at the opening of the Erik Johansson exhibition at 6 pm on 17 February!
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Exhibition: Ideas Come at Night

Erik Johansson, a photographer of surrealistic worlds, presents a series of dreamscapes oscillating between day and night, reality and fantasy, wakefulness and unconsciousness.
Photo of a worker in a white uniform replacing the full moon in the night sky, while his colleague manages a stock of full moons at the rear of a service van.

Erik Johansson’s photographs take us into a world where reality meets the absurd. His dreamlike staged images are visual enigmas that play with the viewer’s perception and often reference important issues such as the environment. As we walk through the exhibition, we move from light to shadows inhabited by strange visions, before returning to the familiar forms of a real landscape.

In just a few years, Erik Johansson has carved a niche on the international photography scene and has exhibited his work at important institutions such as Fotografiska, Sweden’s leading photography space. At a time when everything can be created on screen, he continues to physically create all his props and sets, using the computer as a tool for composing and finishing his images. The videos and sketches on display provide an insight into the way he works. “For me,”, he says, “creating an image means creating a place which at first seems familiar but which has special features that spark a reaction in the viewer”.

When he began to design his images in 2007, Erik Johansson wanted to see how far he could distort reality without losing the impression of realism, in a similar way to the perspectives created by the Dutch artist M.C. Escher. In time, narrative began to play a central role in his work, though the technical dimension remained as important as ever. Colour and light increasingly serve the narrative and the emotions it seeks to give rise to. A single image must be capable of telling an entire story.

The exhibition presents twenty photos, most of them in large format. Several are being exhibited for the first time.


Parallel programme to the exhibition

P.S. If this information gives you an impression of déjà-vu, that’s perfectly normal! We’d scheduled an exhibition of Erik Johansson’s work in the spring of 2020. We sent out the announcement, but a certain pandemic got in the way… So here we are in 2022 with an updated show featuring new unseen exhibits – hoping that it will run its course this time round!

Useful information

  • Admission free, prior booking not required
  • Wednesday – Sunday / 12:00 – 18:00
  • To ensure that everybody is protected and that events run smoothly, our team is implementing a number of hygiene and safety measures. Please read the barrier gestures by clicking here.