Maria Friberg is a Swedish based photographer. A traditionally trained artist, she moved her medium over time from large-scale painting into large-scale photography. Her show “Transmission” is currently on show at Conner Contemporary from March 20 – May 8th, and features photographs larger than life making the audience sucked into them almost instantly. She’s exposing the vulnerabilities of men and further exploring how those vulnerabilities are, in fact, attractive. Friberg contrasts power suits and exposed poses in order to open a discussion on “how men think they should be” versus “how they truly feel”. This makes the men in her work not so much human beings but “signs of men”, trying to find their place in time of turmoil.
Maria Friberg is still in Sweden and doesn’t plan to move to the U.S. any time soon (Sweden is (still) apparently the happiest place on Earth). However, she was kind enough to participate in an email interview with us. Allow me to indulge my amateur photographer status, and figure out what makes her tick.
Lets start out with the classic 1st question – when did you know you wanted to be a photographer?
I know I wanted to be an artist early, when I was around 10. There was an artist living with me and my mother and I thought he had a great life.
I ask people in the street, so I don’t really know the models. Basically, I just direct them the way a movie director would. Where to stand, how to move, etc.
I started as a painter, and love large -scale paintings that still have a relation to the human body, the viewer, like Mark Rothko’s paintings for instance.