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Living on an Unstable Mountain

Sat 20 Mar —

a story about Malmberget

Erik Holmstedt presents a Malmberget being drained of people, with the community being dismantled and residential areas fenced in.
In a photography project many years in the making, he has followed the transformation of Malmberget as the mine claims ever more ground. He took his first photos of buildings being demolished in Malmberget in the 1970s. He has since returned many times to photograph the ongoing changes to the community. His images inhabit the borderland that emerges during a period of transition.

This makes them more than just a single acknowledgement of the momentary. There is a sadness in the abandoned, but also an unexpected utopian energy in the relaxed relationship to the past and the future. With the town’s craters and scars, Erik Holmstedt’s photographs show the never-ending motion of an entire community.

Sverker Sörlin in Erik Holmstedt’s book Not my home any longer

In his ongoing work Living on an Unstable Mountain, which began in 2015, Erik Holmstedt returns to his childhood neighbourhood to photograph the remains of the community before the mine’s expansion claims the land.
In 2020, Erik Holmstedt was awarded the Sune Jonsson Society’s scholarship because he

like Sune Jonsson, primarily choose to document his era’s dramatic changes to society and the predicament of the people of Norrland. In Holmstedt’s case, from the county of Norrbotten, particularly from the perspective of Malmberget, his hometown.


Contact and information

Alexandra A. Ellis

Curator, documentary photography
+4690 20 20 338