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"Silk Peace Art Road" SPAR

- working to get my SPAR installation from the Biennale in Venice 2019 travel around China and back to Europe along the new Silk Road...

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The photo on top is from China – find it and many others in the China 2018 Portfolio and its Shop.

Over the last few months, I created or revised a number of portfolios:

• the Venezia Portfolio and Venezia Shop

• the Uniques Portfolio and Uniques Shop

• the Painting Portfolio and Paintings Shop

• the SPAR Photo & Paintings Combines Portfolio.

And I am waiting for a decision to be made in Shanghai about exhibiting my SPAR – Silk Peace Art Road – Installation that was shown in Venice during the 2019 Biennale.

In the last couple of months, I have sent out a number of “PostArt” newsletters to all the friends and art – and Oberg PhotoGraphics – lovers around the world. Sign up for it below and follow my many ideas and plans in the future.

January 15, 2021

The latest new works

Reflect a sensitivity to what happens in our troubled West. The first – “Capitol Hill, January 7, 2021” is inspired by the terrible events on Capitol Hill in Washington. It’s a collage basedon Jasper Johns’ Flag from 1958. It contains a screen shot of President Trump when he spoke during the storming of Capitol and the image from inside with armed guards ready to shoot. It is America in deep crisis. Colours have been carefully balanced to make Trump the darkest and the flag’s brightness distorted. I’m doing this with the greatest respect for Jasper Johns whose works I have admired over 40 years.

The next is “And Made America Decline Again” (2021) – a complex collage based on the photo-op image of President Trump with the Bible in front of St. John’s Church House, turned three times. The bottom one has the US flag and Biden with face mask and Covid-19 symbol inserted on Trump’s lapel. The middle one is positioned so Trump’s face is on the Bible cover and his tie throws Trump’s light onto Trump himself.

The top one (upside-down) has a nuclear explosion on the Bible cover inscribed “Power Is My God”.
The top parts of the Church House sign are used as arrows, the U.S. goes up and it goes down.
Colours are dark, muted, the darkest upper part threatening to press deeper down on whatever light is left.
It’s about God’s own country sinking. Exceptionalism and world dominance coming to an end. All Empires come to an end, but how will this end?

The third is an old image I’ve shot at The Wallace Collection in London at a moment when some works were re-arranged. It turned up in my memory when the Black Lives Matter movement emerged. I believe in the principle that All Lives Matter but I also acknowledge the need to emphasize all the groups, genders, minorities and marginalised people who belong to today’s damned of the earth – covered, invisibilised, blurred. This woman’s facial expression is enigmatic, staring yet resigned. And judged by her haircut and dress, she may be an upper-class woman? Or a contemporary Veiled Virgin?

The facts about this bust and what it is can be read here. Or here.

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This is a real home

Me, Jan Oberg

Established in May 2009, Oberg PhotoGraphics is about experimental art photograph based on my photographics concept.

This is a real art home, not just a shop (but it’s fine if you buy). I care about giving you background stories, ideas and explanations – and relevant stuff under each menu above.

I want you to feel enriched from the moment you enter. And we always see more in an image if we know something about its context.

I struggle to make your online visit both easy and rewarding – so give us both a little time!

The Corona forces us to live and see art more online, but I have always worked with an international and not only a local audience. I hope, therefore, to give you a really good experience as close to the personal encounter as possible.


“I went through more of your photos this morning. They are incredibly striking, and give an amazing sense of place, and a feeling of being there in the moment. I’ve never seen anything quite like them. I cannot account for why that is, but something about them translates very freely between them and I.”

A visitor, himself an author and photographer, wrote in October. And in November, another visitor wrote:

Dear Jan, 
discovering you as an artist 
not a surprise 
since great humans 
like for instance

einstein, planck, 
heisenberg, dürr, 
c.f. von weizsäcker, 
were also musicians, 
erwin schrödinger 
wrote poetry. 

I am humbled and happy. They brightened my days in this dark autumn. I hope you’ll feel something too when exploring – and will let me know.


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A short video of my latest exhibition…

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