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Section 1: Nationalisms






Get to Know


• Dahlberg was recently selected out of over international 300 artists to create three memorials in Norway at the sites of the 2011 massacres carried out by right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik.


• One of the works in progress is the striking Memory Wound, which consists of a nearly four meter slit sliced into the peninsula that faces the island where Breivik murdered 69 people–mostly youth.


• If you visit the Moderna Museet while in Stockholm, you may come across one of Dahlberg’s works where you least expect it: the women’s bathroom features a work from his series of permanent site specific installations, Safe Zones (2001-2006), a comment on privacy and constant surveillance.

Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg’s works intertwine dreamscapes and reality, inviting viewers to create their own internal imagery through associations and memories. Dahlberg explores physical spaces through video, installation, and architecture projects. In 2014, his proposal for the creation of a memorial commemorating the victims of the July 22, 2011, terrorist attack in Oslo was unanimously approved by a committee established by the Norwegian government. For Memory Wound, a tribute to the 77 victims, an 11-foot-wide piece of land will be removed from a woodland landscape, metaphorically representing the trauma of the attack as well as the permanence of the loss of lives. Dahlberg’s work has been exhibited worldwide at Manifesta 4 (2002), the Venice Biennial (2003), the São Paulo Biennial (2004), and more.