Plein-air (2022)

Women societies appear in Sweden throughout the 19th century when women are able to access a larger independence. Thanks to these societies’ growth, culture interested women from society’s higher sphere, now can pursue their own interests and meet outside the domestic space. The pictures produced by the societies’ members them-selves are today owned by Malmö City’s archives.

These so called “women societies” all of sudden give women access to new territories, social as well as geographical. Women get access, through these clubs, to the public space without the company of men. The nature surrounding the city becomes a stage for emancipation in a very simple form: an excursion.

Among the archival material are colour photographs taken in Malmö’s parks duringthe summer of 2022, where the city lets wild species grow freely. These spaces give an echo to the women societies on a symbolic level.

Published by Centrum För Fotografi under Periferi ‘22, a collective publication project.