• ksenia yurkova

    Visit Kopparberg 2014


    Sometimesbladet: «These archive photos of the Johanson family were found in the basement of the abandoned house in Kopparberg, Central Sweden, between Oslo and Stockholm. This city arose nearby the copper mine, used to be prosperous, and went into decline after the mines closing. You cannot find a job here except at the brewery. Buses with Syrian refugees come here, but people are afraid to go out because of the highest percentage of the right-wing electorate inhabiting this area. Locals leave this place abandoning their houses. But in a half a year the houses are invaded and robbed. So as not to leave this depressed area in total degradation the government came up with Operahouse building. It can be proud of the best performances, but public comes in full evening wear, prefer to stay overnight in a first-class compartment train rather in the hotel on-the-spot. We can only guess using very random and fragmented evidences about the destiny of brother and sister Johanson who have left this place in an unknown direction some times ago».Theres no word of fiction, but you hardly can witness written by visiting the mentioned place. The creators of “Unpromised Land” documentary faced the similar dilemma. But if you do not leave your own house the most touching narratives of someones personal story becomes available. In fact – the set of culturological and historical stereotypes randomly attached to accidental place on the map. The place starts to be identified ideologically.