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How to Fly

Erik Johansson (SWE) /

Experience the surreal landscapes of Swedish artist Erik Johansson, in this Australian exclusive exhibition across two locations, the Ballarat Mining Exchange and RACV Goldfields Resort at Creswick. How To Fly is a journey through the imaginary words he creates that seem almost real but are a composite of many images.

Johansson combines photographic elements to create images that seem real, but the logical inconsistencies make us question what we see. Influenced by his childhood memories of the Swedish countryside, Johansson’s work incorporates Nordic nature, wide open landscapes, and small red houses.

There are no computer generated, illustrated or stock photos in Johannson’s artworks, just seamles combinations of his own photographs. It is a long process, and he only creates 6-8 new images per year. With a keen eye for detail and mastery of production, his optical illusions present inner worlds that defy reality.

BIFB and RACV present an exclusive long lunch at RACV Goldfields Resort with Erik Johansson, Saturday 2 September 12–3:30pm. Tickets limited, book via ballaratfoto.org

Main image: Erik Johansson, Head in the Clouds, 2022
Image carousel: Erik Johansson, Falling Asleep, 2018; Erik Johansson, Office Escape, 2018

A Ballarat International Foto Biennale exhibition created in partnership with Erik Johansson Studio.

Proudly sponsored by the Mitchell Family; RACV, BIFB 2023 Principal Partner; and Creative Framing, Ballarat, BIFB 2023 Lead Framing Sponsor. Special thanks to Craig Mitchell and Sally McKay. Exhibition design by ​​Tina Peterkova.

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