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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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Lund, Sweden – October 26, 2021

The photo on top is from China, “You Are My Sunshine – Otherfie” (2020). Find it among many others in the China 2018 Portfolio and its Shop.

Oberg PhotoGraphics turned 12 on May 9 this year – some reflections.

Exhibition

The 26th exhibition: “China, America and Mona Lisa” – very diverse and experimental, locally in my studio as well as online. Visit the online exhibition here. A short intro to it here.

The two most important cultural events in Lund – Night of Culture/Kulturnatten on October 2 and the Art Weekend/Konsthelgen on October 16-17 – received some 50 visitors and much interest.

New works

Since early 2021, I created some new prints and portfolios and revised existing ones. The new ones contain photos from Venice, China, “Combines” with photography and acrylic paint and, finally, acrylic painting with no photography.

SPAR to China

For more than a year now, I am working on getting my SPAR – Silk Peace Art Road – Installation that was shown in Venice during the 2019 Biennale – to travel to and around China. There is now a commitment from Chinese authorities that it will be shown but, due to the Corona, there is no info yet about the time.

Online shows

These times also force us to re-think how we exhibit and view art works – most of it having to be online. So I have introduced a new technology here that gives you a sense somewhat similar to walking from one work to the next that hangs on a concrete wall. In contrast to many gallery pages, this technology works – 🤓 – and I do not ask you to register or pay. Experience my first two online exhibitions here and look at the yellow one above and the gray one below.

Remastering old works

Thanks to the incredible development of both printers and Photoshop over the last 5-10 years – which I use in virtually all my works – important improvements are now possible and you can calibrate image details in ways not possible before. I am not a techno-perfectionist but if technology permits me to add quality, I go for it because, I want to give my visitors, viewers and clients the best I can.

Newsletter

The “PostArt” newsletter from Oberg PhotoGraphics develops nicely in a new design. Sign up right here.

A life in peace and photography

Finally, I have begun writing an online book “Goodbye Peace – Worldmoires Into A Peaceful Future”. It’s not me-moires but world-moires about how I have engaged in international affairs but also how my life and peace research work is related to my lifelong passion for contemporary art and my art photographics here today. If you’re interested, you may follow and comment on it while in-the-making and receive a note every time a new chapter has been published.

Writings

In late March, I wrote a reflection about the – in my view, deficient – cultural life in Lund, not the least in the light of the very visionary plan to make it a top European high tech research and innovation center. Unfortunately only in Swedish and sent to about 150 cultural innovators in the region – read it here.

In September, I published an article about Jasper Johns and my recent “Behind Jasper Johns” work. There is often much more in an art work than meets the eye of the unprepared spectator. I also wrote about my work “The Entombment of Christ in Aleppo.” I’m proud that these pieces are part of my present exhibition.

On October 26, 2021, I published a new photo essay on my Exposure platform, “The Bizarre, the Bazaar and the Modern Art – Photos & texts from Skopje, Macedonia 2021” with over 150 snapshots from my visit in late August 2021. Nothing artistic, but do take a look, because I think you’ll be surprised by Skopje – the capital of kitsch – but also of other images from the bazaar and the lovely Skopje Museum of Contemporary Art.

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A few recent works

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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.

Appreciations

An author and photographer:

“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.”

European theologist, expert in the Middle East and inter-cultural dialogue:

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. 

A leading intellectual in the Balkans:

Fyodor Dostoevsky in The Idiot: “Beauty will save the world.” And Jan Oberg will help…

Many thanks. I am humbled and happy. I hope you’ll feel something too when exploring.

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A short video of my latest exhibition…

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