Jag tänker på Ester (2021)
Work in progress
I visited Ester Almqvist’s retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Malmö in April 2019. Her painting of a monumental birch tree from 1900, with its’ photorealism and bold colours, still makes a strong impression on visitors, even more than a hundred years after.
Active painter at the very beginning of the 20th century and pioneer of modernism in Sweden, Ester Almqvist (1869-1934) is presented as a forgotten artist. Even though the Museum of Malmö disposes of the most part of her production, her work had rarely been shown since her death in 1934.
”Jag tänker på Ester” (”I’m thinking about Ester”) is a photographic work taking the form of a correspondance, a response and echo to the work of Ester Almqvist, raising interrogations around the invisibilisation of women artists as well as a reflection around the nature of images.
Project supported by the residency program The Project Room by the NW Gallery (Copenhagen, Danmark, July 2021).
Source image: Ester Almqvist (1869-1934), utan titel (självporträtt), 1907, etsning,