Opening: Saturday 8 July 6.00 pm

Miriam Bäckström
Maria Hedlund
Runo Lagomarsino

Curator: Marianna Gari2n

Opening hours:
Thursday to Sunday
4.00 pm — 8.00 pm or by appointment

August only by appointment

The exhibition "Time, Space and Disorientation" proposed by the guest curator Marianna Garin presents three individual projects by the Swedish artists Miriam Bäckström (1967), Maria Hedlund (1961) and Runo Lagomarsino (1977).

The show proposes an investigation on the notion of border, evoked both by the physical characteristics of the exhibition space of Borgovico33 a former 1600s church renovated in 2002, and by the explicit location of Como, on the frontier between Italy and Switzerland.

With the notion of border as a contextual point of departure, the exhibition revolves around the dynamics created between the works of each one of the artists, generating a new situation, a grey area where different dimensions of time and space meet. In different ways, the exhibition attempts to reformulate the limits of the normative and rational understanding of everyday reality.

Miriam Bäckström's work often focuses on the representation and construction of reality, and the way we perceive it. In her photographic series she depicts, in a documentary fashion, interior spaces such as apartments, museums, movie set-ups and constructed environments devoid of people. In the video "Rebecka"(2004) Bäckström examines staged identity by focusing on the ambiguous space between reality and fiction in a constructed interview with the well-known Swedish actress Rebecka Hemse. In this oscillation between staged and authentic, Bäckström creates a situation of tension in which we are caught up and have no control.

From the series,
Rebecka as Anonymous, 2004,
200x160 cm, digital print on paper,
printed on both sides,
mirror reversed.

Photography from
"The Whiteness of the Whale",
Part 3, 2006,
24 x 30 cm,
In Maria Hedlund's photographs there is a sense of both repetition and timelessness that reflects the ephemeral substance of our daily routines and rituals. In her new work consisting of 36 photographs and a film we are confronted with a white beluga whale circulating in a tank. While the spectators are unwillingly captured in the reflection on the surface of the tank, an interesting relationship emerges between the whale floating meditatively and the iconographic frescoes that seem to hover on the worn surface of the church walls.

Runo Lagomarsino's works such as the wall drawing "Positions of Geography" (2003), and the slide installation "We all laughed at Christopher Columbus" (2003), attempt to remap our political and economic situation, questioning the historical legacy of power and colonization and its consequences on our everyday reality. His take on modernism is also well related to Western civilization as a colonizing empowered culture. Thus the metaphoric meaning intrinsic in his rather aesthetic wall drawings, collages and videos carries a tension loaded with political significance.

Detail from
"Anticipated Discoveries", 2006,
inkjet on map.

Miriam Bäckström, born 1967, lives and works in Stockholm. Recent solo exhibitions include "Betraktaren/The Viewer", Nils Stærk Contemporary Art, Copenhagen; "All Images of Another Person", (w/ Carsten Höller), Centre de la Photographie, Genève (2006); "Amplified Pavilion", (w/ Carsten Höller), Nordic Pavillion, 51st Venice Biennial, Venice (2005); "Rebecka", Centre Culturel Suedois, Paris / IASPIS, Stockholm / Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel (2004); "Den Sista Bilden/The Last Image", (w/ Carsten Höller), Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2003). Group exhibitions include "Visibilities, Between Facts and Fiction", Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg (2006); "More! Than This", Gothenburg, International Art Biennial,Gothenburg (2005); "The Violence of Tone", W139, Amsterdam (2004); "Prophetic Corners", The 6th Peripheric Biennial, Vector Foundation, Iasi, Transparente, Centro Nazionale per le Arti Contemporanee, Rome (2003).

Maria Hedlund, born 1961, lives and works in Stockholm. Recent solo exhibitions include "The 1st" at Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2006); müllerdechiara, Berlin (2004); "Galleri Flach", Stockholm (2003); "In die Wald hinein, Langenhagen Kunstverein, Langenhagen", Fabia Calvasina, Milano (2001); "Galleri Index", Stockholm (1998). Group exhibitions include "Eigenheim, Gottingen Kunstverein" (2006); "Whatever Happened to Social Democracy?", Rooseum Malmö (2005); "Nostalgic Real", müllerdechiara, Berlin (2003); "Eigth Nordic Stories", Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela "In Szene Gesetzt", ZKM Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe (2002); "Organising Freedom", Moderna Museet, Stockholm / Charlottenburg, Copenhagen; "Quotidiana", Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2002); "Officina Europa", Galleria d'arte Moderna, Bologna (1999).

Runo Lagomarsino, born 1977, lives and works in Malmö. Recent solo exhibitions include "Extended Arguments", Gallery Box, Gothenburg (2006); "Där uppgifter saknas beror det på att situationen är oklar", Elastic, Malmö (2005); "I suppose that sometimes you have to burn the sky", Krognoshuset Aura, Lund; "In my dreams europe is always less than a metre", Gallery Peep, Malmö (2003). Group exhibitions include "Should I stay or should I go? On Secondary Cities", Rum 46, Århus (2006); "Open Studio", El Basilisco, Buenos Aires (2005); "Minority Report: Challenging Intolerance in Contemporary Denmark", with Johan Tirén, Aarhus (2004; "After the future", 10 th Biennal of Moving Images, Centre for Contemporary Images, Saint-Gervais Genéve; "I am a curator", Chisenhale Gallery, London (2003).

Marianna Garin, born 1973, lives in Lund and works as independent curator.