Sunday 8 November 2009 until Sunday 6 December 2009

Living History

In the wake of 19th century industrialism and urbanization fears grew of the extinction of rural society and culture, prompting the creation of open air museums with reconstructions of villages and country life. Today these museums preserve and portray the life of the past in minute detail, using even live re-enactors who dressed in period costume perform period crafts and every day work.

For several years artist Martin Karlsson has documented these sites of living history, creating a huge archive of photographs, drawings, films and derivative objects that challenge our notions of history and authenticity. Living History is a selection of this vast material, which highlights Modernity’s obsession with the idea of mans alienation from nature. The practise of preserving and re-living the past becomes a utopian ideal of re-establishing our connections with nature.