In Place of Memory: a photography book about migration, identity and place in a changing Sweden
This project seeks to raise questions about identity and place and migration while exploring how collective memory and nostalgia are manifested in photographs. Fascinated by nostalgia and its interplay with memory and photography, this body of work draws upon personal experience and remembrance while photographing the people and environments of several interconnected villages of Ådalen in northern Sweden. The area, known for the historic workers movement of Ådalen ’31, is currently undergoing change due to a combination of years of steady depopulation and recent increase in immigration.
In the spring of 2013 I returned to the village of my childhood summers, and with camera in hand, began looking for traces of memory. What began as a personal photographic exploration grew into an exhibition and with your support – a book.
In Place of Memory was photographed during a time when Sweden is grappling with its identity as a safe haven for the world’s refugees and the rise of xenophobic political parties on the far right. Much like the rest of Europe, Sweden is going through a search for identity in a changing social landscape. As a migrant myself, this work explores themes of identity and place on both a personal and political scale.
This project has been covered by international media such as Public Radio International and nominated for several awards including TT:s Stora Fotopris and the Hasselblad Foundation's Victor Fellowship. Louise Wolthers of the Hasselblad Foundation writes about the work “It is in these layers of time that the photographer captures by focusing on everyday details, spaces and gestures, which most of us can relate to and recognize. Thus the work opens up for co-understanding by offering traces from a common frame of reference or even nostalgia,”
In Place of Memory has been exhibited at the Hasselblad Center in Gothenburg, Galleri Kontrast and Centrum för fotografi in Stockholm, and at the Black Door Gallery in Örebro, Sweden. The work received a grant from the Swedish Photographers Association (SFF) in 2015 but further funding is needed to cover final productions costs of design and printing of the book.
About the book
In Place of Memory – the hardcover book will include an introductory essay and 56 color photographs that tell the timeless and universal story of people on the move and memories that remain after their passing. Along with Teg Publishing and designer Anders Örtegren we are creating a fine art photography book in a first edition of 800 copies. The book will be printed in Sweden.
Your support will go directly to fund the final design and printing costs associated with producing In Place of Memory the book. Project backers receiving rewards of limited edition prints can choose from the following images (signed, numbered and in limited supply!)
Thank you for your support!
Linda Maria Thompson (1978) is a Swedish-American photographer based in Ångermanland, northern Sweden. Her work explores questions surrounding transience and impermanence on both a personal and political scale. She was born in Sweden – raised in the United States and currently lives in Härnösand with her family. Linda channels her roles as both a native of -and immigrant to- Sweden in her approach and her projects reflect her interest in issues surrounding migration as well as how memory and nostalgia are manifested in photographs.
Linda has a strong background in photojournalism with a bachelor of arts in photojournalism from the University of Montana and a Master of Arts in photojournalism from Mid Sweden University. For 6 years she was a staff photographer at the Missoulian newspaper covering western Montana. She combines her love of photography with a passion to teach and is currently adjunct instructor and program coordinator of undergraduate studies in photojournalism at Mid Sweden University. Her photographs have been published and exhibited internationally. She was selected by Swedish web-magazine Alba.nu as photographer of the year.
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Teg Publishing: www.tegpublishing.se
Risks and challenges
The photographs have already been made, the book design is nearly completed. If this Kickstarter project is fully funded we will move forward with plans to print the book this summer. We don't foresee any obstacles after reaching our funding goal - with the exception of potential hand cramp from signing books!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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