Att skriva ett modernt äventyr (2010–2011)
In my artistic practice I examine concepts of history writing in relation to particular personal experiences. I combine essayistic writing with photography and video. I use my role as documentary photographer and writer to create scenarios, pushing stories forward. The narrative is controlled by my own experiences. I give myself a mission. I meet with people. The meetings constitute the borders of the work. I use previously written texts and pictures to infuse meetings with meaning, deliberately mixing reality and text. I like to combine literature and documentary practice.
The official story about the ship Götheborg III is a well-known story. However, it highlights the abiding historical pattern of international connections to the city. I am interested in how this can be related to a certain contemporary political situation. I have attemped to focus, through my own experiences, on a phenomenon called »the Göteborg-spirit«, an informal social network deeply tied to the innermost political structures of Göteborg. My works are always site-specific. I work with topics related to places that I visit and places where I stay. The book Writing a modern adventure (att skriva ett modernt äventyr) was published in 2010. It was written to be read aloud, and during City Excavations I did readings on a touristboat cruisning the Göta älv river.
Biography Johannes Samuelsson was born 1982 in Umeå, Sweden. He is an artist and teaches at the School of Photography in Göteborg. His work in the Bienniel is Writing a modern adventure, (Att skriva ett modernt äventyr) from 2010. He has a MFA from The School of Photography, The University of Gothenburg. He is member of the Contemporary Marine Artists (International) and the next coming solo exhibition is at Kulturmagasinet Sundsvalls Museum 2011.
Photo: Hendrik Zeitler