The burden of the benefit / The benefit of the burden (2019)

C-print and silver gelatin print (50 x 60 cm)

Control.
The lupin flower (lupinus polyphyllus), native to north and south America, was introduced to the Swedish gardens about a century ago as a decorative plant before escaping into nature through its easily spread seeds where it today has become a familiar view along Swedish roadsides and railroad tracks during summertime.

There is a certain dualism surrounding the lupin, on one hand seen as a burden, an invasive plant that knocks out the habitats for domestic plants, and on the other hand a benefit, regarded by many as a beautiful flower plant to embellish any homestead garden.

The Swedish environmental protection agency tries to control the spread of the lupin by hitting known affected areas before the plants has had a chance to seed or by digging and pulling plants up to stop the root systems before gaining wide spread, all while Swedish homeowners and garden enthusiasts continue to increase the spread of the plant, introducing it to new habitats.

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In 2015 many people sought refuge in Sweden, around 30 000 where unaccompanied minors, the majority of which were teenage boys from Afghanistan.
The sudden influx of people seeking new habitats put Swedish society under pressure with Margot Wallström, the foreign minister of Sweden, talking in terms of the country heading towards a systemic collapse.

After doubts about the factual age of individuals in said group where raised by the Swedish migration agency and in most cases lacking proper documentation from their place of birth, the Swedish forensic medicine agency on commission from the government began to make age assessments with methods including x-ray scanning of teeth and knees to determine their age.

If one is considered to be a grownup, the risk of getting rejected in the asylum process is incrementally higher and the chance to seek new habitats substantially lowered.

The burden of the benefit
The benefit of the burden
Control.

The burden of the benefit /
The benefit of the burden (2019)

In 2015 many people sought refuge in Sweden, around 30 000 where unaccompanied minors, the majority of which were teenage boys from Afghanistan.

The Swedish forensic medicine agency on commission from the government began to make age assessments with methods including x-ray scanning of teeth and knees to determine their age.

If one is considered to be a grownup, the risk of getting rejected in the asylum process is incrementally higher and the chance to seek new habitats substantially lowered.