The former 'vagnverkstaden' carriage body shop in the old Kockums shipyard area in Malmö, Sweden.
The Art Gallery Reimagined
Text and photography Micha van Dinther
Only a recently mounted polished brass plaque engraved with the letters O-B-R-A hints to what is found behind a neglected façade in Malmö’s former dockyard.
Left, the only sign of what goes on behind the door is a brass plaque, and right, one of the rooms features Patricia Fernández's alder wood boxes with various bits and bobs.
We particularly liked Trine Struwe's work, cyanotype and rain on paper.
Inside the worn green door lies one of the city’s newest, most groundbreaking galleries.
Left, an oil painting by Eduardo Consuegra, and right, Ingrid Furre's 'Spinn' aluminum discs.
We first came across OBRA, founded by Tomás Giraldo and Petra Bindel, through social media and were instantly intrigued – both by the selection of artists and works, but also by the unique space, a former carriage body shop.
As you can tell by the stripped walls and different patches of paint, much of the space has been left intact.
Left, work by Trine Struwe, and right, Patricia Fernández's 'Mendel' wood boxes.
Challenging the idea of what an art gallery is, OBRA aims to do things slightly different. For example, one will be able to attend lunches that are served at a communal table set among the works of art.
On the left, one can spot Carla Zaccagnini's 'The Invention of Europe' postcard collection mounted in frames with transparent backs.
Left, a collection of art books are available to browse through, and right, Andrea Furberg's 'Happy Gravity' aluminium and stones installation seen from above.
‘Strata’, the current exhibition, is from the Italian word for layers, and features eight artists: Carla Zaccagnini, Trine Struwe, Patricia Fernández, Andrea Furberg, Ingrid Furre, Jimmie Durham, Eduardo Consuegra and Nathan Larson.