The rectangle´s sharp stare
Publisher Art And Theory Publishing
As a starting point for this new body of work, Swedish photographer Jenny Källman initiated an exploration of prison spaces from an immediately physical vantage point. The title of this series, ‘Lounge’, is an ironic take on the indefinite time and shared social environment of the prison as an institution, and a number of the images were made in a centre for young offenders. Working not only in still photography, but also with sound, music, and the moving image, Källman opens these usually closed spaces up to a mode of representation that diverges from strictly documentary, applying abstraction as a way to describe the complexities inherent in confinement.