Project: The Power and the Story
Client: Army Museum, Stockholm
What if history began with you? If there were no things saved from the past, no stories of how people lived. What would that be like? In museums and archives, huge amounts of documents, objects and films are saved. Together, the things preserved create an image of history. Things that are not saved may be lost forever and sooner or later, events that are not documented will be forgotten.
But everything can’t be preserved. A hundred years from now, people may wish to form an image of our time. Pieces of the puzzle will be missing then, just like today when we're looking back in time.
How does the museum decide what to save for the future and transform everyday objects into museum pieces? Who has the power to choose which stories that are to be heard? "The Power and the Story" is discussing and illustrating the power of the institutionalized collections. It invites the visitor to get access behind the scenes at the museum- with archive boxes, object bags and white gloves. The artefacts are moved out of their niches and visitors can in that way examine the content from many different angles, and understand the topic from several perspectives.
Expology in cooperation with the museum created concept, content, text, graphic design and exhibition design for this permanent exhibition that also serves as an introduction to the rest of the Army museum. We had the power to choose this time, somebody else might have made different choices.
To get behind the scenes of the exhibition production, visit the blog:
Photographer: Erik Lernestål and Måns Berg