Work, live, life - images of a society

Work, live, life - images of a society

The iconic images of inhabitants in Hammarkullen district and workers at the Volvofabriken in Torslanda, by Jens S Jensen, meet contemporary portraits and stories. A study of self-images and cityscapes from the seventies until today.

Documentary photographer and author Jens S Jensen (1946-2015) depicted life in the Hammarkullen area of Gothenburg for 40 years, from 1973 onwards. Equipped with a camera and tape recorder, Jensen – who had also trained as an architect – took photographs and interviewed people about their lives and the experience of living in Hammarkullen. In the 70s and 80s, he also explored the local Volvo factory and its employees, which resulted in invaluable documentation of the period. The photographs and personal stories he collected also depict an entire society; a society in which demands for efficiency and profitability don't always align with the individual's needs or their well-being.

In the exhibition, Jensen's photographs and texts have been supplemented by new voices from Hammarkullen and Volvo. Of course a great deal has happened since the 1970s, but is anything still the same? What do people today think about their work and about where they live?

In the interface between the individual and society, between work and leisure, now and then, emerge not only people's dreams and lives, but also their constantly changing images of themselves and their city. A world in which people try to shape their lives as best they can – and to work and live accordingly.

24 November 201822 September 2019
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