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Maria Friberg, The Making of Holding, Changed Position, Anywhere & Everywhere, and Between, 2014.

CONNERSMITH is thankful that Maria Friberg is making a steady recovery from COVID-19. We are pleased to present ACCESS | Maria Friberg: essential in our online viewing room.


ACCESS - an online initiative we launched in 2019 - provides collectors and curators direct, transparent and informed access to new work by contemporary artists, rare-to-market and historically significant post-war art, and discoveries in emerging art.


Maria Friberg (b. 1966) is one of Sweden’s most acclaimed contemporary artists. Her work is in the following permanent public collections: Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; Kiasma, Helsinki; Denver Art Museum, Denver; Colorado; Tampa Art Museum, Tampa, Florida; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC;21c Museum, Louisville, Kentucky; European Central Bank, Frankfurt am Main; Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; National Public Art Council, Stockholm; Museo Fortuny, Venice; The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston; EMMA, Espoo; Museum of Moderna Art, Esboo, Finland;Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Gothenburg; Linköpings Konstmuseum, Linköping; Västerås Konstmuseum, Västerås; Norrköping Konstmuseum, Norrköping; Skövde Konstmuseum, Skövde;Nationalmuseum, Stockholm; Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö; Botkyrka kommun, Botkyrka; Grafikens Hus, Mariefred; Linköpings kommun, Linköping; Motala kommun, Motala; Museum Anna Nordlander, Skellefteå; Norrtälje kommun, Norrtälje; Hasselblad Foundation; Gothenburg Fotografiska, Stockholm; Lidköpings kommun, Lidköping; Umeå kommun, Umeå; Länsmuseet Gävleborg, Gävle; Uppsala Kommun, Uppsala; Hjältarnas Hus, Västerbottensläns; landsting, Umeå; Tore A Jonassons, Stiftelse; Riksidrottsmuseet, Stockholm.

Friberg’s work “builds on the theme of Man’s ruthless exploitation of Planet Earth and can be interpreted as a criticism on superabundance. But it is also a picture that proposes the notion that Mankind has the possibility to create something beautiful from chaos; something constant from the destructive agenda of our age.” -Michelle Marie Roy, Belonging, exh. cat., Havremagasinet, Boden. 


“Most of my work revolves about themes of power and man’s relationship to nature. In my images, I create ambiguous tableaus that challenge preconceived notions about identity, gender and social hierarchies. My most recent pieces look both outwards, to the challenges in contemporary society, and inwards, to a meditative state of mind. In these photographs and videos, the isolation and solitude of the individuals reflect issues in society at large.” -Maria Friberg


The artist’s statements on her experience with Coronavirus:


“Now the fever is gone but I am super tired and can feel the virus in my body. It takes a lot of rest and time to recover.”


“It could be a good thing for the world if we start to think about important things - our behavior in human, social and democratic ways - and accept that we are all connected and dependent on each other.”


“We have to take care of Mother Nature and embrace a slower life with more substance.”

Maria Friberg, distortion 3 (detail)

Maria Friberg, distortion 3 (detail), 2015, pigment print, 60 x 47 inches, ed: 3 + 1AP.