Sunshine & Shadow

Helga Härenstam

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Sunshine & Shadow is an autobiographical story in twenty chapters by artist Helga Härenstam.

Sunshine & Shadow is an autobiographical story in twenty chapters, which might include for example a fireworks factory, a funeral, a shooting, a broken camera, or a found note.

Each chapter begins with a short text reminiscent of what one might find in an old adventure novel, the purpose of which was to describe what kind of grand events might happen to the heroes in the next chapter.In the adventures of Sunshine & Shadow the chapters following these texts is told through photographs.

These words visualize scenes and stories before you see them, creating a play of associations between image and text. The texts build up expectations about what is to come which, when not met, confuses the viewer, forcing them to fill in the gaps, to become a detective, to build stories and connections of her own.

Sunshine & Shadow challenges and plays with the idea of ​​reality, chronology, and historiography, creating a loosened narrative where events and thoughts from a period of the artist’s life, translated into photographs and text, falters freely between different times, between the actualworld, inner visions, everyday life, fairy tale, construction, sunshine, and shadow.


Filed under Art, Photography
Dimensions 195 × 263 mm
Edition700
DesignerMatilda Plöjel
PrinterFinnborg Graphic AB, Lattvia
Pages184
BindingHardcover
PrintingOffset
LanguageEnglish
Year2016
ISBN978-91-983573-0-1

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Sailor Press aims to offer an alternative to publishing restricted by the constraints of institutions or larger publishers. In close dialogue and collaboration with the artists we develop publications that explore the artist's work as well as the book as a medium. The content of the book and the book as object are equally important. Sailor Press is founded and run by book designer Matilda Plöjel, and wishes to explore the field between art and graphic design. Sailor Press also distributes critical writings on design, craft and art.