Amoeba Kollektiv is a collaboration between Serinyà, Hans Malm, and Vendela Grundell. In our first joint work – Community Transit – we challenge the practice and format of the group exhibition, and explore how to convey a shared journey. Three separate series overlap in a continuous flow, creating memories of a new journey taken by the viewer. Our shared story becomes greater than its parts, as we ask: how does a collective process mirror or affect our individual eyes and our individual images?
Into this process, we bring images that share a sense of travel. Serinyà's work Translocation is a concrete journey from A to B that also entails a movement from one life phase to another. In Malm's suite Der Mensch in der Maschine, he documents a fixed place where large flows of commuters pass by every day. In Grundell's series Born Into Color, the step between different states of mind and experience is captured through the color, shade and light shifting in everyday rooms. These three materials complement each other like variations on a theme of transit. They also share a drive for what a journey is – to choose a direction, set something in motion, break structures and build anew. What happens when our journeys cross, when a new map of a new territory takes shape?
Our name – Amoeba – signals that we shape our collaboration in relation to the current space: a physical gallery, a publication, a geographical location, a time slot, or some other limitation that becomes a frame or stage for our work. In the spring of 2014, we participated in the group exhibition The Unknown (Det okända) initiated by Serinyà as part of his exhibition concept 6T Gallery – six intense hours in a 1625 sqm garage. After the exhibition, the three of us continued talking about how this kind of intervention is an
enriching challenge not only for our own photographic work but also for a photography field where solo masters and super groups – as well as traditional forms of display – abound. We lower our garde, leaving autonomy aside to cross-fertilize our different ways of seeing and doing photography. Here, those differences mix to create a new space.
Welcome to our first collaborative exhibition Community Transit, at Centrum för fotografi (CFF) May 12- 29, Tjärhovsgatan 44.
Opening May 12 at 5pm. Artist Talk May 25 at 5.30pm.