Annika Petersson and Ida Rödén, ”The Solhem Finds”, carvings in rock, 2022. Photo: Ida Rödén
Open: Wed-Fri 12-18, Saturday 11-15
It seems unbelievable! The logic that has been my faithful guide for so long, all scientific methods, this abandons me and my own smallness comes over me. I can find no other explanation, what I encountered must be the remains of a giant genus, with large, coarse limbs and tail.
(signed S, July 1897)
In The Solhem Finds, Annika Petersson and Ida Rödén start from an excavation site in Södertälje where strange fossils were uncovered, which could belong to a mountain troll. In 2022, the excavation site was realized through a Public Art assignment at the newly built preschool Solhem in Glasberga. In the exhibition, the artists have chosen to build an environment where the previously unknown S takes center stage. S is believed to been an amateur paleontologist who is said to lived with the family then lived on the old Farm in Glasberga. S seems to been a person who lived in the shadows, with an unclear relationship to the family. S only moved outdoors at night, as we know. The discoveries of the fossil have been attributed by the artists to S and the inner part of the konsthall has been built as the attic of the old Glasberga farm where S is said to kept house. Guided by notes, sketches and objects, an image is created of S, who in the 19th century found the remains of fossils in Glasberga. In the center of the exhibition room there is also an ongoing excavation, as well as scattered natural materials and loose stones with fossils found at the site.
Ida Rödén, ”The excavation, view to the west – mid-evening”, Drawing, 2023. Photo: Ida Rödén