In early 2020, Swedish artist Sarah Assbring, who goes by the Spanish moniker of El Perro del Mar, collaborated with MOMA Stockholm to create a collection of music inspired by the Moderna Museet collection. What started to form from this union was FREE LAND, which would reveal itself in a live performance set around the universality of art in an ambient world of solitude fueled by the worldwide pandemic.
Assbring started creating music alone inside the museum after hours, surrounded solely by the works of Marina Abramovic, Pablo Picasso, Sigrid Hjertén, Robert Rauschenberg, and Henri Matisse. As the world shut down, she continued working at home, and her musical piece evolved into Free Land, an EP encapsulating the spirit and freedom of art in times of segregation, isolation, fear, and eventual renewal.
On Free Land (The Control Group), El Perro del Mar, which translates into “The Dog of the Sea” in Spanish, explores the human psyche, making sense of silent moments and an omnipresent regeneration of mind and body in relation to art.