Stockholm, April 10th, 2010
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I met the
Swedish artist, Mr Ture Sjölander, in the early 1960's. He was
already then an extremely gifted photographer.
career has after that been amazing. He became a pioneer in video art, an
art branch that has since then grown in a fantastic way.
Already in 1964-65 Mr Ture Sjölander created a piece of video
art, named "The Role of
Restany, the French famous art critic and
cultural philosopher, recognised Sjölander's talent, when he got in
contact with his work in Paris in
From the late 60's I have just had the
possibility to follow Sjölander's activities from a distance and occasionally, as he has been
working internationally. Through his own works he has in this way done a
lot to promote Swedish creativity abroad.
In 1980's he was one of the founders
of the "Video Nu" an independent laboratory for artistic terminal
development. After that his activities have been even more interesting.
He is now living on the countryside in Australia. As many pioneers, who
have contributed to the development, he has not been awarded
economically as he should have been. Therefore I think it is time that
we in Sweden should recognize his importance. If so, a young generation,
not always so well informed about the history of art, would
get to know some of the roots of all the photo based contemporary art
forms that have expanded so quickly during the last decades.
Professor emeritus in Design and Craft history, at Konstfack,
National College of Art, Craft and Design,