Karl Henrik Edlund Eden 22.5.–19.6.2021

Artproof Grant Finland 2021 has been awarded to Karl Henrik Edlund. As a part of the award he gets an opportunity to show his work at Hippolyte Korjaamo in a solo exhibition.

The exhibition Eden is named after Edlund’s grandfather’s garden island in the Archipelago Sea, in Åland Islands, Finland. In the series, consisting of photographs taken over a course of sixteen years (2004-2019), Edlund approaches the question of how ambiguity relates to the notions of place.

The exhibition consists of colour and black-and-white photographs combined with a set of framed unique works of layered and paired prints, and process materials. By observing details and mapping the places that evoke multiple, contradictory emotions in him, Edlund has created a visual mind map as an extension of his wish for clarity.

The varied time frame presented in the exhibition is constructed by using clusters of images and collages, reflecting the logic of memory. The exhibition gives the viewer the idea of process and the uncertainty of the present. The images mediate a sense of the materials and feelings connected to the island of Eden. With close examination of the physicality of the prints and their pictorial content, it can be seen how time destroys materials and how a lived experience–such as personal sorrow and ordinary pleasures–remains elusive.

Karl Henrik Edlund
is a photographer based in Helsinki. After graduating in photojournalism from Nordens Fotoskola in Biskops-Arnö, Sweden, and studying photography at Atelier Smedsby in Paris, Edlund enrolled the Valand Academy in Gothenburg to study filmmaking. His works have been featured in numerous exhibitions since 2009, with solo exhibitions in e.g. Sandvikens konsthall, Sweden (2019); the Finnish Museum of Photography, Finland (2018); and Galleri Breadfield, Sweden (2017). His first book, Bright Hours, published by Journal in 2016, was nominated for the Finnish Photobook of the Year Award in 2017 and selected for Hasselblad Center’s exhibition ’Published – Photo Books in Sweden’ at Gothenburg Museum of Art in 2018. In 2021, Edlund was awarded with the Golden Shade Prize at Tampere Film Festival.

In 2021 Artproof Grant Finland is awarded for the fourth time to a young Finnish or Finland-based artist. The competition is organised in co-operation with Artproof OÜ and the Association of Photographic Artists. The competition is supported by Hahnemühle.

image: Karl Henrik Edlund, Edskalla, 2013

The exhibition is open in accordance to Korjaamo’s opening times.
In May: Tue-Thu 11:00-21:00, Fri 11:00-21:30, Sat 14:00-21:30 (Sun & Mon closed)

View a virtual presentation of the exhibition here:

Please note that the pandemic restrictions affect opening times and they can vary. Make sure to check the current situation at Korjaamo before your visit!