0lof in Paris

This article is part of a series of stories from 2011-12 in which I have asked friends to place their important items in the suitcase. 


We first met in the summer of ‘11, when I was visiting a friend in the Swedish countryside. We had both just finished art school and were enjoying the sun and our freedom. Olof studied Fine Arts in Umeå, a city in northern Sweden. He showed me the drawings from his graduation project and we talked about our future plans while drinking wine.

A few months later, we met again. This time on a rainy day in Paris.

Olof had started a home study course in philosophy, so he could spend some time abroad and work and study at the same time. I asked him to fill my suitcase with his most important items, and together we walked to one of his favourite places in Paris ‘Parc des Buttes Chaumont’. He told me he would often go there to study because the atmosphere reminded him of the great philosophers from his books.

Besides the books, the suitcase was filled with drawings for his upcoming exhibition in Gothenburg called ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’. For this show he is working on a collection of detailed pencil drawings of galaxies and stars. “I’m interested in making exact copies of things, to notice the small details and complexity of the things around us.”. His drawings show immense patience and a great eye for detail, that immediately sucks you into the image.

While strolling around in the park, we shared our first experiences of being independent. We came to the conclusion that the kind of freedom we were looking forward to during our studies was inspiring, but at the same time quite overwhelming. I guess we’ll just take it one step at the time, starting here in Paris.

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