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Exhibit: Available Light

Available Light presents photographs and videos from 2012 – 2017 made on the farm in Värmland, Sweden, that has been in the artist’s family since the early 1600s. A unique sense of place emerges through the slow, careful act of looking through the lens, with resulting images that both document and transform.

On display through November

September 14th at 7pm join us for a companion performance, Composition, as Erika’s father and young cousin play variations on a Swedish folk tune as they move about the farmhouse, a call and response between past and present. A newer companion piece, Lines (2017), explores the fleeting feeling of fall during harvest time. Get tickets here.

ABOUT ERIKA: Erika Råberg (b. 1987, Boston, MA) is a Swedish-American visual artist and writer who uses both still and moving images to explore the subtle relationships built into her surrounding environments, whether on the farm in rural Sweden which has been in her family since the 1600s or in and around Boston, Massachusetts, where mythologies surrounding the founding of the United States provide rich material.

Råberg has shared work widely in Chicago, including at the Elmhurst Art Museum, ACRE, Roman Susan, Chicago Artists Coalition, Sector 2337, High Concept Labs at Mana Contemporary, Filter Photo Festival, Ballroom Projects, and the Swedish American Museum. She has also shared work in New York, Boston, Baltimore, and Tennessee, as well as internationally in Stockholm and London.

She earned her BA in English and Comparative American Studies from Oberlin College in 2009, and lived and worked in Tokyo, Japan for the years following graduation as a Fellow for the Oberlin Shansi Foundation (2009-11). In 2015, she earned her MFA in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she was a recipient of the James Nelson Raymond fellowship.

Råberg was recently a recipient of a grant from the American Scandinavian Foundation as well as a guest artist in Project Studies for Professional Artists at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, Sweden in 2017-18.