Change in Circumstance

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected people all over the world, not least artist and the cultural field. In a series of new works Sabina Jacobsson tries to interpret what happened in her life after March 12. 2020. The Corona works on display in our gallery shows a selection of drawings, made into prints. Jacobsson describes the time between her exhibition in Bergen and now as a «change in circumstance» where she for the moment feels unable to show what was before covid-19. It just does not work…

Jacobsson describes it like this:

On March 12, 2020, the day that Norway closed due to covid-19, I had a week earlier, opened a large retrospective exhibition in Bergen. Ten years of work consisting of films, photos and drawings.

March 13. I had to quickly close it down, unpack everything and send the entire exhibition back to Oslo. It took me four hours… The world stopped and I with it.

Back at home, in a house at Ekely in Oslo, I found a rhythm of home school and zoom meetings with students and clients, together with my family. At first, everything felt completely absurd and scary. We were paralyzed. I could not do or think of anything other than trying to adapt our lives to the new rules on infection control.

Anitbac, antibac antibac ….

Then I started drawing. I drew what was happening around me and compiled everything in weekly diaries. Corona Diary Week 13, 14, 15, 16 …. etc. I continued for more than two months.

What for me was dominant in the beginning was viewing all the face coverings.
Then it was man’s relationship with animals
and in the end everything just became empty…