Erika’s apartment in London.
WHAT YOU DO
I run ERNA together with Anna Kleberg. ERNA is an ongoing photographic documentation of people we encounter in our daily lives and find intriguing.
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO TAKE A PICTURE?
My motivations are constantly changing, depending on the occasion. I’m still working it out. It’s a good thing I’d like to examine more when I have time! But for now I’m going to answer, with the help of George Orwell: my motivations are sheer egoism, aesthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse, and political purpose. In my case these impulses are mostly intertwined with a feminist agenda, to make up for all the women who have been excluded from the history books, and try to change ideas of what beauty is.
WHICH PHOTOGRAPHER OR ARTIST NEVER DISAPPOINTS YOU?
Jeremy Deller is an artist who never disappoints me. And among photographers I’d say Jenny Källman, Märta Thisner, Nina Andersson and Martina Hogland.
ASIDE FROM PHOTOGRAPHY, HOW DO YOU EXPRESS YOURSELF CREATIVELY?
I like making things, anything, but I’m especially fond of working with textiles, knitting, sewing, weaving, dying. Sometimes I work as a propmaker for a set designer. I also like doing pottery, whittling and building simple furniture.
WHAT’S THE MOST PHOTOGENIC PLACE YOU’VE VISITED?
Rural Iceland, Lanzarote, Brasilia, and Death Valley.