The Broken Land

The Lonesome Trail (2017)

Archival pigment print framed with museum glass

160 x 110 cm

Edition 3


GALLERI SANDBERG - ODENSE (DK)


The Broken Land

DECEMBER 2019

Mazja Hillestrøm has been on a pilgrimage to New Mexico. She brought home with her the story of a land looking for the glory of its past. She has captured an atmosphere that calls to mind magical scenes from the old western movies of our childhood.


In Mazja's work, nature is magnificent, silent, and abandoned backdrops stand as if sadly waiting for the great 1950's motion pictures such as High Noon (Fred Zinnemann, 1952,), The Searchers (John Ford, 1956) og Rio Bravo (Howard Hawke, 1959), to return.


Westerns often have simple themes that involve protest against the oppression of the little man, and the glorification of the strong, silent, often lonely man who deals with situations, however difficult, more or less by himself. At the same time westerns include some of the highly relevant themes of today, such as women's rights, the ruthless exploitation of natural resources, and a new look at historical events.


It is easy to believe that Donald John Trump ironically enough found inspiration in these basic American western themes when he created his election slogan, ”Make America Great Again”. The question is if he is made of the same stuff as a true western hero?

A Distant Trumpet (2017)

Archival pigment print framed with museum glass

84 x 120 cm

Edition 3


A Stranger Returns (2017)

Archival pigment print framed with museum glass

120 x 84 cm

Edition 3


Cheyenne Autumn (2017)

Archival pigment print

42 x 28 cm

Edition 60


The Silent Code (2017)

Archival pigment print framed with museum glass

84 x 120 cm

Edition 3


Moonshine Valley (2017)

Archival pigment print framed with museum glass

84 x 120 cm

Edition 3


The Naked Dawn (2017)

Archival pigment print framed with museum glass

84 x 59 cm

Edition 3


The Great Silence (2017)

Archival pigment print framed with museum glass

84 x 59 cm

Edition 3


The Longest Hunt (2017)

Archival pigment print framed with museum glass

84 x 120 cm

Edition 3


The Hellions (2017)

Archival pigment print framed with museum glass

84 x 120 cm

Edition 3


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