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In his work, Österholm depicts the night sky as it looked in the 1800s, before public gas lanterns lit up major cities and obscured the firmament. The urge to document what is no longer visible. To recreate, capture and preserve what has been there for millennia and has been largely obscured over the last 150 years is what drives Österholm

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After cutting out pages from 19th century astronomy books, he coats the old paper with liquid silver gelatin. This creates a light-sensitive paper. He places found, archived glass plate negatives that depict the sky on the now light-sensitive paper and exposes them to the light of a normal street lamp for an extended period of time. The same light that clouded the view of the stars now illuminates them. The result is pink, violet and orange tones interspersed with light reflections and bright dots. Printed backs of the paper may show through. Tears, breaks and creases are added. The unique works are finite.

Johan Österholm was born in 1983 in Borås, Sweden. He lives and works in Stockholm. His work in media as diverse as photography, video, sculpture, and installation has been presented in solo and group exhibitions at venues including the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Tampere Art Museum (FI), FOAM, Amsterdam (NL), Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg (SE), The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik (IS), Palazzo De' Toschi, Bologna (IT), and Borås Museum of Modern Art (SE).
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