Kristina Bength – Galleri Flach, Stockholm
Born 1984 in Falun, Sweden
Galleri Flach presents a series of watercolor paintings, entitled The Light that is Shared and Divided, by the artist Kristina Bength. The paintings depict mental hospitals in different phases of construction and destruction.
In her artistic practice Bength is dealing with how photographic representation can be used in new forms of figuration. It is about trying to recreate memories by reusing photographic material depicting past times and events.
The mental hospital is a place for controlling the whole life of the patients, their feelings, desires, behaviors and thoughts. In the interaction between institution and patient definitions of sick and healthy are constructed. As such the mental hospital is a kind of theater where roles are acted and values about normal and abnormal engage in and strengthen preexisting ideas about gender. A closed system arises where everyone has his or her role to play.
In the water of the aquarelle disorder and control, liveliness and stillness are developed, and the writing of the photographic light comes in to sight. In some paintings the light from the dark room’s development process is recalled. In others the interior of the archive is reflected.