Umbra Hominis

Samuel Nyholm, Peo Olsson


Framework: An archive holds an inherent duality. It organizes and categorizes to immortalize, at the same time as it internalizes and hides. A museum is dismantled and finds its terminal storage. A view of the world and its conventional figure is dissolved. The power over our history, and hence our future, lies in how we handle and make use of communal archive systems. An explosive force, created by rearrangements of these archive materials, can displace courses of events, unobtrusive as well as decisive. Consequently, certain collations alter our collective memories, affecting the writing of history as well as power relations.

The book features two essays: Posthuman. Shadows of Modernity. by Arno Böhler and Mal d’Archive. To Mythologize the Past by Mattias Winslow.


Samuel Nyholm is a Swedish graphic designer and illustrator. Formerly part of the Swedish graphic design studio Reala. Selection of clients and collaborators include Tate Etc., Cornel Windlin, Kunsthalle St Gallen, Eric Steinbrecher, Svenska Filminstitute, Vitra, Absolut Vodka, Cneai, Tensta Konsthall, Svenska Dagbladet, Die Zeit, der Spiegel and others. As an illustrator, his works have been exhibited in Kunsthalle St Gallen, Kino Babylon in Berlin, Nieves/Corner College in Zürich, MoMA PS1 in New York, Art Basel, Copenhagen Art Fair and the Brno Biennale.

In 2012 he was appointed Professor of Illustration in HfK, Bremen. He is a frequent guest tutor and critic at various art schools, such as Konstfack and The Royal University of Fine Arts in Stockholm, HDK in Gothenburg, ECAL in Lausanne, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam and Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem.

Peo Olsson is a Swedish artist and photographer. With Malmö as a base he focuses his work on processes of change and the human condition. The archive or collection is often a point of departure in his works.

Educated at ICP in New York, he also holds an MFA from School of Photography at the University of Gothenburg.

He has participated in photo festivals in New York and Copenhagen and also exhibited his work at Skanbul Connection in Istanbul, Göteborgs Konsthall, Röda Sten Konsthall and Galleri Box in Gothenburg; Martin Bryder Gallery and Fotogalleriet Format in Lund and Malmö respectively. Fotografins Hus in Stockholm and Immigration Office in Bremen.

Arno Böhler works at the Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna, Austria.

Mattias Winslow is a librarian at the Nynäshamn Municipal Library, Sweden.

ContributorsMattias Winslow, Arno Böhler
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