by Jon Dowling·
'Lukas/Markus' is the result of a photographic project spanning over a decade. Located in the Western Cemetery in Gothenburg, architect Sven Brolid’s two mirrored chapels Saint Lukas and Saint Markus were designed and built in the 1960's, the era when Swedish functionalism was at its very peak. A stark silhouette in the otherwise sparsely built-up cemetery, the building does little to blend in with its surroundings. However, there is harmony to be found in the fine tuned correspondence between the materials and in the considered, geometrical features giving the building its characteristic appearance.
For more than 12 years, photographer Kalle Sanner has kept returning to the building with his large format camera. The result is a sensitive portrait of the building and its surroundings, but also of the passing of time as the seasons shift in front of Sanner’s lense. The book also contains an essay by social researcher Karl Palmås.
Designed by Lundgren+Lindqvist and published by ll’Editions, the book is a thing of beauty. The clothbound hardcover features an embossing with partial, transparent foil, echoing the iconic facade of Brolid’s building. The book includes two double foldouts, and while the head-band and endpaper is matched to the chapel’s interior textile details, the cloth used for the cover and the sand coloured text segment both correspond with the buildings facade. The crematoriums oxidized copper chimney guided the selection of the turquoise silk bookmark.
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