Maria Friberg

Night Vision, 2019

The future belongs to the young, but this is a reality that presently doesn’t seem to be taken into account. Yet they are the ones who will soon be paying for our current lifestyle. In 2019, sixteen-year-old Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg addressed the UN summit in New York on behalf of her generation. It was an emotional speech: ‘My message is that we’ll be watching you. This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.’


Maria Friberg observes a new inner strength in today’s youth: their apparent indifference masks the silent revolution initiated by Greta Thunberg. Friberg: ‘Sometimes, doing nothing, saying nothing, is the best way to achieve change: buy nothing, stop flying, stop fighting other people’s wars. It is a revolution, a renaissance, a resistance movement.’


The androgynous teenagers in the photographs wear their hoodies like shields in a war against conformity. They resemble fairies, trolls and other traditional Swedish fantasy figures. Here, nature is both comforting and frightening. A dark resting place, where new ideas and ideals emerge.

 

Maria Friberg (1966, Sweden) lives and works in Stockholm. Her work revolves around themes of power, masculinity and humanity’s relationship with nature. Her recent works look both outwards, to the challenges in contemporary society, and inwards, to a meditative state of mind. The isolation and solitude of the individuals in these photographs and videos reflect issues in society at large.


www.mariafriberg.com

Maria Friberg 

Night Vision, 2019 

Photography, 180 x 120, 140 x 140,  160 x 120 cm