"Camilla Hammarström, see ”the Family and the slaves” at the Norrköping museum of art"
"Then the youth, Carl Johan De Geer struggled with its noble origin, taken away from and revolted against everything which have been associated with the upper class. Over the years, have you been able to track down a certain reconciliation, but, above all, an increased interest in its history. "
"In the film the Grandmother, Hitler and I (2001) he asks, for instance, how the loving grandmother could be convinced nazi. In the novel the Pursuit of the zero point (2008) he tells us about the miserable childhood with his mentally ill mother in the fashionable Östermalm district. At the same time, visual art has become increasingly personal anchored."
"In the exhibition the Family and the slaves is the ancestor Louis De Geer (1587-1652) who are put under the microscope. For a number of years ago, Carl Johan De Geer out that the famous industrialist also involved with the slave trade and owned a slavstation in Ghana. The realization gave him what he calls a mental punch to the face. The meeting with the scion to one of the africans who were transported to Brazil on De Geer's ship, Antonio Geraldo Costa, makes it all the more tangible. "
"In anguish in the face of the slaves' terrible existence gives the artist on their own furniture. In the desktop, cut a hole where the picture of Antonio Geraldo Costa is placed. The entire exhibition consists of those groomed furniture and objects together with korviga carpets and textiles. A desk with a collage of slavstationen, a disreputable släktporträtt of Louis De Geer in papier mache in a different desk, a chair set on end and fastened with screws with a chinese vase in an antique table, and so on."
"In one part of the hall you can sit down in the armchairs and listen to Carl Johan De Geer's story of his discovery, and browse in books of the artist and the other."
"Carl Johan De Geer's languid aesthetics is legendary, everything feels home-grown and unpretentious. It's like a jazzy improvisation where the details glisten. "
"personally, I prefer the works in which one can discern a larger effort, as the photographic pressure of one of the rooms in the mother's Östermalmsvåning where a ghostly figure is up in a doorway. It seems to represent their corpses in the closet, but also in childhood and the absent father. "
"Here it is, as if the impulses from the several parts interact for a more ambiguous content. "
"" the Family and the slaves."
"Norrköping art museum"
"Until 28 april"