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POWER EKROTH

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Power Ekroth (SWE/NO) is an independent curator and critic. She is a founding editor of the recurrent publication SITE and is currently guest curating a solo-presentation of the German artist John Bock at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Stockholm. She works as an Art Consultant/Curator forKORO, Public Art Norway and for the Stockholm City Council in Sweden. She is a member of the board of Röda Sten which is the main organization behind GIBCA, Gothenburg International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Gothenburg.

Additionally she is the Artistic Director of the new MA-program of the Arts at NOVIA University of Applied Sciences, Jakobstad, Finland. During 2012-2013 she held the position as curator for the Momentum Biennial, Moss, Norway and during 2013-2014 she held the interim position as curator at Telemark Kunstsenter, Skien, Norway. She has published frequently in Artforum.com, Contemporary, Flash Art, Frieze and other international magazines.

Photo © Petter Lehto

 

UNDER THE SKIN

ARTISTS
Klas Eriksson
Juan-Pedro Fabra Guemberena
Goran Hassanpour
Daniel Hoflund
Katarina Löfström
Marco Montiel-Soto
Simon Mullan
Axel Petersén
Linda Tedsdotter
Johan Zetterquist

Curator: Power Ekroth

To have someone, or something, under your skin can mean two quite opposite things. It either means that you are attracted to someone/something to the degree that you are almost obsessing about it/them, or it might also mean that you are annoyed, repelled or provoked by someone/something. This is valid also for a situation or a general notion. Some stuff gets under your skin more than other, naturally this is due to our personal prejudices and prior experiences.

When it comes to art, however, getting a piece of art or a whole exhibition “under your skin” might entail either of the two meanings mentioned above, but it always means that it actually changed something within you. This is all in all a highly rewarding experience, and it is not something that comes guaranteed unfortunately. But when it happens, it is like magic. It might have triggered an emotion deep down, possibly hidden even from yourself, or had kick-started a series of intellectual responses in your mind. These types of reflections can be impossible to keep inside, and must be shared with someone else. This is also why art, at the end of the day, has the inner potentiality to actually, however slowly, change the world, as we base our actions on emotional and intellectual inputs.

How we live and integrate with others, and our immediate surrounding, affect not only our own personal lives in a very direct way, but it also generate how others and the surrounding will integrate with you. The personal is the political, and the political is the personal. The artists exhibiting in the section named Under the Skin were all invited to reflect on the overall theme, where the intimate and the sensitive are shared towards a larger context, with the aim of eventually finding its way under your skin.

ARTISTS

KLAS ERIKSSON

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Lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden

www.klaseriksson.org

Klas Eriksson finished his MFA at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, 2010. He is represented at private collections, public art agency Sweden,  Swedish Art Council, Christian Larsen Gallery and Eduardo Secci Contmeporary. He has  exhibited internationally, and appeared in; Art Paris, Bologna Art Fair, The Bucharest Biennale 5, Copenhagen Art Festival, Checkpoint Helsinki, Telemarks Kunstsenter, Prosjektrum Normanns and Kreuzberg Pavillion among others. He has received both public and critical acclaim for his spectacular performances with flares and colored smoke bombs in public spaces. His practice orbits within performance, photo, video, sculpture and painting.

JUAN-PEDRO FABRA GUEMEBERENA

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Lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Stockholm, Sweden

www.juan-pedro-fabra-guemberena.com

Juan-Pedro Fabra Guemberena graduated from Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm 2002.

Fabra Guemberena’s work has been exhibited extensively internationally, among others in the exhibition “Delays and Revolutions” at the 50th Venice Biennale, 2003; “My Private Heroes” Marta Hereford Museum, 2006; “The Moderna Exhibition”, The Modern Museum of Art, Stockholm, 2006; “Favored Nations”, 5th Momentum Biennal, Moss, 2009; 1st Biennale of The Americas, Denver, 2013; and the School of Kyev, Kyev, 2015. He is represented in collections such as The Modern Museum of Art, Stockholm; Sammlung Goetz, München; and The Wanås Foundation, Knislingen, Sweden.

 

GORAN HASSANPOUR

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Lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden

www.goranhassanpour.com

Goran Hassanpour graduated MFA at Valand Fine Art department Gothenburg University 2008 and has since exhibited in various shows in Sweden and internationally. He exhibited in a satellite project, Matter & Memory, of the Moscow Biennial, 2007, in the Swedish Institute in Paris, in the Swedish Embassy in Berlin, in Bonniers Konsthall, in the exhibition and residency FAMES: Family Vaudeville in Cairo, Egypt, Nordic Art Today: Conceptual Depts, Broken Dreams and New Horizons, 2011, Etagi, St. Petersburg, Russia and the 7th Momentum Biennial, Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast, Moss, Norway, 2013.

DANIEL HOFLUND

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Lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden and Berlin, Germany

http://danielhoflund.com

Daniel Hoflund is a visual artist and filmmaker with a MFA at the Royal Institute of Arts in Stockholm and have since then been exhibited internationally. In 2014 he was given the honourable mention for the Berlin Art Prize and received a two-year working grant from the Swedish Art Grants Committee. Recent exhibitions  in 2015 include State of Being at Gallery Belenius/Nordenhake (Stockholm) and Nordic Film Festival at Villa Borghese (Rome). As a finalist in 2015, he is currently enrolled in an assignment with a public artwork for the New Karolinska Solna Hospital.

 

KATARINA LÖFSTRÖM

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Lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden

www.katarinalofstrom.com

Katarina Löfström received an MFA from the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm and works primarily with video, digital animations, audio interactivity, and sculptural installations. During the late ’90s, she worked with Swedish commercial film with director Jonas Åkerlund, scripting pop videos for amongst others Madonna, Prodigy, Moby and Metallica.  As part of IASPIS Studio Programme she stayed at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin and began to work with Jan Winkelmann at Winkelmann / Berlin, a collaboration that lasted until 2008. Since the turn of the millennium Löfström’s work have been presented in solo exhibitions at, among others Index in Stockholm, Norrköping Art Museum, Skellefteå Konsthall, Malmö Konsthall and Uppsala Art Museum. She is preparing new work for a show in Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm. She is currently working on three public commissions. Katarina Löfström is represented by Andréhn-Schiptjenko in Stockholm.

MARCO MONTIEL-SOTO

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Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

www.marcomontielsoto.com

Marco Montiel-Soto studied Photography and M.A. Sound Studies at the Universität der Künste Berlin. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions in South America, United States and Europe such as Museo de arte contemporáneo del Zulia Maczul, Maracaibo 2015; Galería Carmen Araujo, Caracas 2014; 5th Marrakech Biennale 2014; Kunstraum Bethanien, Berlin 2014; Kinderhook & Caracas, Berlin 2013; Galería D21, Santiago de Chile 2013; Ars Electronica Festival, Linz 2012; Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach 2011; Hamish Morrison Galerie, Berlin 2011; Savvy Contemporary, Berlin 2011; Kommunale Galerie, Berlin 2010; Espacio Al Borde, Maracaibo 2010; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin 2009; CCCB, Barcelona 2009.  In 2013 he participated in Taller Bloc-D21 art residence program in Santiago de Chile, in 2015 participated in Lamosa Permanencias art residence program in Cuenca – Spain, and has been invited to participate in different projects for the Berliner künstler-daad programm.

 

AXEL PETERSÉN

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Lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden

Axel Petersén is a visual artist and film maker, who’s made a vast variety of films, videos  and video installations that’s been shown widely in art galleries, institutions, film festivals and cinemas around the world. He holds a MFA from The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, he also studied film at FAMU, Academy of Performing Arts i Prague and was part of the Mountain School of Arts in Los Angeles.

LINDA TEDSDOTTER

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Lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden

www.tedsdotter.com

Linda Tedsdotter graduated 2001 from the Valand Academy of Fine Arts in Gothenburg. She have since then shown her work in solo shows at Newlyn Art Gallery Pencanze, Invaliden1 Berlin, Stenasalen Gothenburg Art Museeum, Varberg Konsthall and groupshows at Palais de Tokyo Paris, Moderna Museet Stockholm, Göteborgs Konsthall, Museeum of contemporary art Zagreb and Kaohsiung International Container Arts Festival. Combining her artpractis Tedsdotter is also freelancing curator, teacher at Domen Artschool, boardmember at Röda Sten and are running BRA10 (a performanceplattform) and the residenceprogram at Konstepidemin Gothenburg.

 

JOHAN ZETTERQUIST

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Lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden

http://www.andrehn-schiptjenko.com/site/johan-zetterquist.html

Johan Zetterquist graduated from the Valand Academy of Fine Arts in Gothenburg. He has shown recently in solo shows at Göteborgs Konsthall, Kill the Poor Eat the Rich, 2015, Göteborg, Borås Konstmuseum, Borås, Invaldien1, Berlin, Kristinehamns Konstmuseum, Kristinehamn and Jönköping Konstmuseum, Jönköping. He is represented in many prestigious art collections such as Magasin 3, Gothenburg Konstmuseum, Malmö Konstmuseum, the Swedish Arts Council and he has also made one of the proposals for public arts into a public art sculpture in Jönköping, Proposal No 17,Tall Parking House. 

SIMON MULLAN

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Lives and works in Berlin, Germany and London, Great Britain

www.simonmullan.com

Simon Mullan studied Transmedia Art at University of Applied Arts, Vienna, followed by Royal University College of Fine Art, Stockholm video department.

Recent Solo Exhibitions include Blue velvet, Haubrok foundation/FAHRBEREITSCHAFT, Berlin; Popularis, Belmacz, London (2015), Alpha, Belenius Nordenhake, Stockholm (2014) and City / Urban Camouflage / Belmacz, London (2012).  Recent Group Exhibitions include Event Potential / Harbor gallery / New York, Regina Rex, New York; State of Being, Belenius Nordenhake, Stockholm; Collateral Drawings, Beaston Projects, Berlin; Facets, GSL Project, Berlin; Art Rotterdam, 3044BC, Rotterdam (2015), Artissima, Torino and REDUX at Inoperable gallery, Vienna (2014). He is included in the collections of Haubrok Foundation / FAHRBEREITSCHAFT / ‘kleiner raum’ 2015, Belmacz / UK / Fresco at Daviesstreet 45 / London UK. 2012.