202 Människor i ett rum – Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg

[February 11 – May 7, 2023] A portrait is much more than an image. It always conveys a larger story about the person in question, about society at large or about the photographer behind the camera.

In this exhibition we meet people from all walks of life. Here are those whose names we know, with the power to influence their own lives and the lives of others. They stand next to people who will forever be anonymous and who are fighting to survive the day. Here there are works that curiously try to investigate something and those that obviously claim how it is. Many of the portraits make visible the overlooked. Many highlight the familiar in unexpected ways. The variety of stories, perspectives and voices is reflected partly in the title – 202 people are represented in this room – partly in the exhibition architecture with a number of independent pillars dealing with different themes. Some examples are class, identity and migration.

The pictures in the exhibition are part of the Hasselblad foundation’s collection, which consists of roughly 3,000 works. The focus is on Hasselblad award winners and photographers who have been shown at the Hasselblad Center over the years. More info here.