The exhibition Time and Memory at the Parasol unit, London (22 November 2011 – 12 February 2012) is dedicated to two contemporary Swedish artists, Cecilia Edefalk and Gunnel Wåhlstrand. Since the late 1980s, Cecilia Edefalk has been one of Sweden’s leading and most sought-after artists both at home and abroad. Following Gunnel Wåhlstrand’s acclaimed graduation exhibition at the Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm, in 2003, her work has featured in numerous exhibitions in Europe and overseas.
Cecilia Edefalk’s paintings emerge as a network of repetitions, reproductions and historical memory. Often reflecting her own process-oriented practice, Edefalk’s scenarios carve out haunting exchanges between past and present, in which unexpected connections unfold with sudden clarity. Memory is at the core of Gunnel Wåhlstrand’s work as well. The artist’s photo-realistic black-ink drawings are a deeply private and meticulously reconstructed documentation of her personal history.
Designed as a double cover book, the publication features an essay on Cecilia Edefalk’s early and recent work by Daniel Birnbaum, Director of Moderna Museet, Stockholm and acclaimed curator of various international institutions and exhibitions. Peter Cornell, one of Sweden’s leading art critics, gives insight into Gunnel Wahlstrand’s delicate approach to her personal history.