Mikael Olsson: Sodrakull Frosakull
Publication Date 1 Jan 2010
OverviewThis book explores the heritage of Bruno Mathsson, one of Swedish modernism's leading designers, through two of his architectural works - in "Frosakull", a house that Mathsson both designed and lived in Mikael Olsson invaded, colonised and interacted with the remains of the house, and in "Sodrakull", on the other hand, a second house that Mathsson designed and lived in Olsson acted like a Peeping Tom, sneaking around the exterior of the house with his camera. This unethical method of trespassing a private space reveals something even more unethical, namely the fact that nobody, not even the Bruno Mathsson firm, took care of his property after his death. "Frosakull" was later sold, fixtures, furniture and other possessions included, while "Sodrakull" was refurbished and turned into a glossy and artificial space. In "Sodrakull Frosakull", Mikael Olsson has created a phenomenological interplay between presence and absence, inner meaning and outer representation, turning the very notion of the human gaze inside out. Mikael Olsson, born in Sweden, 1969, studied at The School of Photography at Gothenburg University and at the Department of Architecture, Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. He has exhibited widely in Sweden and abroad.
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