Ljusbacken was one of the leading communes in Sweden in the 1970s. It represented much of what came to be associated with the “hippie movement” and later the “prog movement”. Much of the most extreme phenomena in the movement resided here. Healing, primal scream therapy, yoga, meditation, drugs and sexual liberation were essentially important ingredients. In Ljusbacken, artist Joanna Lombard visits the mythical place of her childhood home, searching its surfaces for an answer to an unknown question. The book is the artist’s journey of facing the memories and extracted stories that were generated during her childhood in the commune. By using contemporary photographs of the places where the stories unfolded, a tension is created between the stories’ time and space.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition The Room Is the Third Pedagogue, Konsthall C, Stockholm, 29 October – 18 December 2016.