Maria Friberg Erna

2 Feb 2016 – 18 Mar 2016

Event times

Opening Hours
Sunday – Wednesday
9:00 am – 11: 00 pm
Thursday – Saturday
9:00 am – 1:00am

Cost of entry

SEK 120

Students and Seniors
SEK 90

Children under the age of 12
Free admission

Groups (minimum 25 visitors)
SEK 90

Members of Fotografiska Family
Free admission


Stockholms län, Sweden


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The evocative video piece Erna by Swedish artist Maria Friberg is the latest acquisition to Fotografiska’s permanent collection of photography and video art.


In the beginning of the piece, two high-heeled shoes are seen lying on a beach, from which footprints lead through the black sand straight out into the ocean. Of the shoes’ owner we are left with no clues and the absence of presence evoke thoughts of what might have happened seconds before we are let into the piece. Our thoughts oscillate between the temptation to lift our gaze towards the ocean and find the woman, and the fear of possibly witnessing a conscious wandering into eternity.

By the force of the waves, the shoes alternately tumble around in the water and lays to rest, before finally being swallowed completely and carried into the water, as in an attempt to follow their owner. Of Erna herself there is no mention, Friberg instead allow the piece to be open to our interpretations of longing, loss, and the enticement to follow into the infinite depths of the ocean.

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