The emptiness of space is paradoxically claustrophobic. for those who seek to conquer, the thought of a nothingness is frightening. Still, space is ever-present in our Western culture. Out of punishment or out of self-righteousness, we are drawn to narratives of malignant life-forms with superior technical advancement, who seek to colonize the human race.
Alien Nation (2016), Camilla Edström Ödemark
Focusing on science fiction, Camilla Edström Ödemark’s exhibition Frontiers draws parallels between utopian colonisation of space, the dystopian invasion of Earth, and the Western colonisation of Africa. By addressing the role of the monstrous alien as a tool to form the traditional Western worldview, Frontiers highlights colonial structures that continue to exert influence on the Western identity, mentality and culture. The work of Edström Ödemark suggests that what is played out in the darkest corners of space, might, in fact, take place in our own backyard.
With a BFA from Konstfack, Camilla Edström Ödemark (b.1985 Åland) is based both in Oslo and Malmö. Mixing contemporary debate, politics, and popular culture with historic events, propaganda, and myths, Edström Ödemark takes a strong interest in questions of identity representation, capitalism and alienation. Edström Ödemark’s works have recently been showed at Sinne (FIN), Schimmel Art Projects (DE), and Third Space Gallery (FIN). She is a part of the Malmö-based artist-run gallery Galleri CC since 2017. For more information, please visit: