Not Approved

Not Approved consists of a series of 32 landscape photographs taken by Swedish bureaucrats. The work departs from a reform implemented by the EU in 2003, which decoupled agricultural subsidies from production, thereby reconceptualizing the role of the farmer from someone who produces food to someone who provides open landscape.

The field inspection photographs were used to make aesthetic judgment on the quality of landscape features provided by farmers. This is a selection of landscapes that did not meet the aesthetic standards for EU subsidy.

Not Approved came out of a commission from the European Cultural Foundation, curated by Maria Lind in 2009. The work is in the collection of Malmö Konstmuseum since 2018.