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The Transformation Exhibition 9/11

Photographer Robert Lindholm is the sole member of team number nine from The Transformation Exhibition.

How did you choose to interpret the theme of Transformation in your story?

— Self-reflection.

Why is this angle/interpretation important right now?

— I believe that many people had to turn to themselves this year and have a moment of self-reflection as a coping mechanism, mentally and spiritually. This year is a formative year for the coming future, life pre-2020 and life after 2020.

Tell us about the production; where did you shoot and why?

— I shot myself at home in my living room. The portrait is of a stranger that I met in a park close to where I live in Brooklyn.

What was the most challenging part of this production?

— Moving my living room table, it’s very heavy. Also deciding on the mask for the portrait, it ended up being a mix since it’s a polarised situation here in NYC. I believe that’s why it came out the way it did.

What was the most rewarding part of this production?

— The exchange that you get when you’re meeting strangers.

What is the most important issue to focus on in the immediate future?

— Well since you’re asking… I think we’re at the point of a culminating society. Racism is thriving, fueled on by POTUS himself, climate change is still having a jolly good time, COVID is still on the loose. Everyone that is capable should at least take their personal responsibility and take active steps towards unity with each other and the climate. Be kind to your neighbour, talk to strangers, don’t use so much plastic, cut back on the animal products and don’t be a dick

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The Transformation Exhibition 7/11

Ville Varumo is a Finnish photographer and Sakke hytönen is a Finnish stylist and fashion editor. They have collaborated together for over 10 years, and this time they got help from John Sjöholm, a long time friend of Ville as the model. 

How did you choose to interpret the theme of Transformation in your story?

— By sitting back and watching my long term friend John fall asleep on a bed. We chose to create a space where sleep is seen as a vessel to transform into the existing, exhausting world.

— Maybe it’s an ode to a 4-day work week, a long holiday or maybe even death.

Why is this angle/interpretation important right now?

— We live in a prolonged state of emergency, waiting to go back to “normal”. Before that happens, a little bit of rest for a year or two would be nice.

Tell us about the production; where did you shoot and why?

— We wanted to find a clear, minimalistic and intimate space with a beautiful wall colour and fell for this bedroom with its pale green walls and warm light coming in through the window.

What was the most challenging part of this production?

— To get John into a resting state. We talked, goofed around and tried various things. Ironically, in the end, the transformation required time — the lack of which we were examining.

What was the most rewarding part of this production?

— To see John fulfilled with peace and calm.

What is the most important issue to focus on in the immediate future?

— Slowing down the economy and having the courage to take steps back.

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The Transformation Exhibition 6/11

Photographer Ahmet Unver and stylist Maria Barsoum showcase the transformation for teenagers who are trying to transfer into adults.

Tell us about the team? 
Fashion and documentary photographer Ahmet Unver, exciting and up-and-coming stylist Maria Barsoum, hair enthusiast Philip Fohlin and makeup artist Sara Eriksson.

How did you choose to interpret the theme of Transformation in your story?

I thought of teenagers who are coming of age and are trying to find their identities. Subsequently, teenagers are going through a massive transformation. And I really hope that they will be the generation to bring change to our societies for a better future. 

Why is this angle/intepretation important right now?

I wouldn’t claim it’s a new angle, but still important to lift youth.

Tell us about the production; where did you shoot and why? 

We shot in Södermalm as it’s a vibrant meeting point of Stockholm with lots of youthful energy and ideas.

What was the most challenging part about this production? 

The casting and the weather. We got lucky with both. Mathias at Nisch was very helpful regarding the casting.

What was the most rewarding part of this production?

The day of the shoot, the photos and spending time with the models and the crew.

What is the most important issue to focus on in the immediate future?

Amongst many things, more equal opportunities for all minorities in the creative industries. I don’t see the different minorities we have in Sweden being represented in tarts, and compared to London we’re way behind. I think it’s super important that young people with minority backgrounds get role models from early on. 

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The Transformation Exhibition 5/11

Photographer Paul Edwards and stylist Robin Douglas Westling conduct the fifth piece of The Transformation Exhibition, and depicted model Saint tells what transformation means to her.

You’re in a transformation process right now, tell us about the process.

— I’ve always been thinking about the way I appear, and how the inner doesn’t match the outer and so on. But it was not until about six years ago that I really began to reflect on who I actually am. From defining the self, as non-binary, and channelling a lot of self-hatred and dysphoria on others. Due to that, the subconscious has always known that I’m a woman, but it was in 2018 that I started to land how it actually is.

— Since then I also went to ANOVA, which is the trans and sex medicine institution in Swedish healthcare, and ventilated about who I am and how I am and what it means. Also, living by myself and getting space to myself has made me grow in a way that I did not see as possible. It has now been a few months since I finished my investigation at ANOVA and was diagnosed with gender dysphoria. And now I’m waiting for a call back to start my hormone treatment, hair removal treatment etc.

This process of transformation and your life journey will be portrayed in an upcoming music album. Tell us about the start of this project and where are u now in this process and when will the album be released?

— This project is something that I’ve been working on in different ways since 2017. The album will cover young years in various foster homes and young teenage years filled with uncertainty. From birth to death, as well as the resurrection and the beginning of everything. I describe it as the hidden self. What I so long searched for that now is found but not 100% corrected; my womanhood.

— It will be made out of two parts. One part covers my upbringing and what shaped me to be the person I am today, the other will follow the first time on my hormone treatment, how it feels, how I change and how the world around me changes. And also how I am met externally as well as internally, and so on. Right now I’m gathering inspiration and strength for my coming hormone treatment.

”What I so long searched for that now is found but not 100% corrected; my womanhood.”

What is the most important issue to focus on in the immediate future?

— Personally it’s for everyone to start recognizing their own contribution to the Matrix, and see how one can change
one’s own programmed pattern to make it easier for those who are not included.

What are you most looking forward to in the immediate future?

— Right now, my hormone treatment and everything that comes with that.

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The Transformation Exhibition 4/11

Tell us about the team. 

— This was the first time for all of us as working as a team. Henrik Haue made four amazing pieces of wigs for us, Melanie Buchhave styled and masterminded the whole project, Kolbrun Ran did an amazing job with matching the makeup with the story. And yours truly photographed it!

How did you choose to interpret the theme of Transformation in your story?

— By making the transformation invisible! We made four photos of a woman ageing from 29 years old until she is 73 years old. The point of the transformation focus is that she transforms her face with help of plastic surgery to look the same, regardless of her age. We got the idea when we saw pictures of Cher looking the same when she was 29 and when she was 73. Both scary and impressive at the same time!

Tell us about the production; where did you shoot and why?

— In a studio in Copenhagen, since we are all based here. 

Why is this angle/interpretation important right now?

— We think it is very interesting why it’s so important for women right now to not look like they get older. Why is that?

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Film: The Transformation Exhibition

We have created a film to serve as a virtual opening to The Transformation Exhibition, now on display at Blique by Nobis in Stockholm. Hear our fashion director and exhibition curator Ursula Wångander talk about the ideas behind the photographs. Plus a few words from our partners at Blique and TMG Sthlm.

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The Transformation Exhibition 3/11

Tell us about the team.

Sometimes you run into people who it seems you share the same eyes with. Henrik Bülow and I work a lot together, but makeup artist Regina Thornwall and hairstylist Lasse P are creative sources that we often share sets with. Model Nikk Tisseni, has a strong character and is extremely feminine, intense, and has this unpretentious dreaming look in her eyes. Much like the models we have worked with before. 

How did you choose to interpret the theme of Transformation in your story?

Working with light and shadow mostly, the retouch and post production takes the now into the past. Even the model’s character suggests a certain motion towards something — either in her expression, position, eyes or movement.

Why is this angle/intepretation important right now? 

To appreciate story and theme, as we need to morph the past into the present — to show the timelessness across timelines.

Tell us about the production; where did you shoot and why? 

The story is shot in The Lab in Copenhagen. It’s my favorite favorite place to be creative. The canvas at The Lab is where your ideas come true.

What was the most challenging part about this production? 

The casting of the right girl, especially considering COVID-19 travel restrictions. Nikki was on top of our wishlist, and somehow it succeeded in getting her on! WE Have wanted to work with her a few times, and we’re so happy with the result.

What was the most rewarding part of this production? 

It is always interesting to work from the Dogme perspective. The theme transformation is a universal and ongoing theme and a very inspiring guide doing the images from

What is the most important issue to focus on in the immediate future?

Except for less consumption and more focus on the environment, I believe getting back to what humanity is in its finest form will be highly talked about. Call it a new romantic age.

Now live! The Transformation Exhibition
 at Blique by Nobis

Presented by TMG Sthlm

Curated by Ursula Wångander


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Transformation Exhibition 2/11

Tell us about the team.

Photographer Elisabeth Toll, fashion stylist Ursula Wångander and set designer Niklas Hansen are all based in Stockholm. Wångander is the fashion director of Scandinavian MIND and also works as a model and freelance creative director. Toll’s photography alternates in fashion, portrait and landscape, and Hansen’s work spans over a multitude of styles and expressions. ​There​ is something very beautiful about working with the people you like and trust.

How did you choose to interpret the theme of Transformation in your story?

We thought that the ultimate transformation is one of life to death. One death transforming the life of the deceased, as well as the lives of the remaining family and friends.

Why is this angle/intepretation important right now?

It has had the same importance since the beginning of mankind but the recent pandemic has made us more aware of its constant presence in our lives.

Tell us about the production; where did you shoot and why?

We shot at James & Perra Studios because they were kind enough to have us. Their studio offered us the best conditions for the set build and for fitting a large number of people without having to squeeze in together too tight.

What was the most challenging part about this production?

To make every single person exude a kind of personal loss and affection.

What was the most rewarding part of this production?

That everyone was up for the idea and tried their best to make it work.

What is the most important issue to focus on in the immediate future?

For us to take care of each other to limit further loss of this kind.

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The Transformation Exhibition 1/11

Makeup artist Anne Staunsager explains the thought process of her team’s project.

How did you choose to interpret the theme of transformation in your story?

— Transformation within yourself. Emotions were interpreted as the ocean that is always moving in different directions and transforms your inner self. Also, being conscious of the outer world versus the inner self and how your body and nature is one, and in constant transformation.

Why is this angle important right now?

— The world is constantly changing, especially right now. More and more people are searching for a bigger meaning of life. People are searching to connect the outer world with the inner self, to have it all make sense. 

What is the most important issue to focus on in the immediate future?

— When people start realizing that we are all one, that humans and the earth are all one we can build up a better world. I feel that people are getting more and more aware and conscious. It all begins with you, and then the rest will follow.

Tell us about the production; where did you shoot and why?

— I wanted to capture Sixten’s childish innocence and strong confidence. And Mariya caught exactly that strength in him. I love the flowy hair that Lasse Pedersen made, it reminded me of the wildness of nature, so when I looked at the pictures afterwards I was drawn by interpreting exactly that. I told Mariya about my idea, and she found some amazing nature photographs she did of a storm by the ocean in Ibiza, and let me play with those images. 

What was the most challenging part of this production?

— To make my collage speak as clear as it did in my mind.

What was the most rewarding part?

— It’s amazing to see people work when you don’t have to have a certain result. When creativity really comes right from the heart. I’m so grateful to have worked with these talented people, and that they trust me enough to let me complete this beautiful journey.

Opening 11 Dec 2020:
 The Transformation Exhibition
 at Blique by Nobis

Presented by TMG Sthlm

Curated by Ursula Wångander