STILL PICTURE STORY
by Benjamin Nørskov – made during his 7th and 8th term in 2018.
In the rural parts of Sweden, teenage boys and girls, age 15 to 17 take advantage of a loophole in the Swedish law, that makes it legal to drive a car, if it can be registered as a tractor. In this way, the car is limited to only two seats and a maximum speed of 30km/h. The EPA tractors create a special kind of freedom for the young boys and girls, that suddenly find themselves able to live a more parent-independent life. This created a whole new way of being young, that is somewhat unique for Sweden. The cars themselves symbolize the stage between childhood and adulthood where you try everything for the first time – they are a way of experimenting with what adulthood feels like, without quite being there yet.
In many ways, the EPA tractor itself becomes a window into a unique kind of teenage life, that has never been documented as extensively as in this project. The cars reflect the personality and interests of the owner – changing colors, scent, and sound as the teenage year’s pass. The documentation works both as a way of portraying the physical manifestation of the EPA life as it looks like today, but it is also a way of preserving this unique part of Swedish culture for the future generations to come.
The project is exhibited at Värmland’s Museum, Karlstad in Sweden from the 2nd of June till the 29th of September 2019.