Short presentations by the artists
Erika Kristofersson Bredberg
“Glass is my material and my absolute driving force. I prefer to work in the borderland between the functional and the sculptural. Black is my favourite colour and invisibility my vision, and, at the same time, my absolute opposites."
“I am inspired by blackness and smoke. Large belching smokestacks that pump out thick, white clouds. The sky fascinates me and the sea scares me. I like large, callous hands with traces of hard work and knowledge as much as I melt at the sight of porcelain-pale fingers with bright red nails.”
Erika is a glassblower/artist from Västernorrland who values her expertise of glassblowing very highly. She frequently explores the relationship between the identity of someone who creates and the material in which said person works.
“My current project, which I call Streetblås, is about positioning glass as a material in a new context. A context in which glass assumes a place in environments that exist largely unseen. Objects in the street which are just there and whose existence do not require reflection. But as soon as something is altered on the objects – for example if someone paints on it, puts a sticker on it or just scribbles a signature on it, and thus acknowledges the object – then suddenly everyone notices the object and often they want to remove everything that has been added and has provided the object with an identity."
“I want to explore the existence of objects. How much space is glass allowed to assume on these street objects? What does the passer-by see? Will my glass be allowed to remain when the sprayed signature is removed? Who decides which materials have the right to assume a place and which have not? Streetblås is about displaying blown glass in a new context. It is about our right to show our existence by making an impression with our materials.”
Marianna Christofides (born in Cyprus, 1980, lives and works in Cologne) is a visual artist and experimental film maker examining the perceptional possibilities that lie beyond the pictured. In her practice images are considered as visual documents of stories and places that have the potential to be renegotiated and reconfigured. Displacement, shift and a poetic transfer are constitutive parts of her approach. Such journeyings take the form of sequences of images, word and objects that unfold in spatial installations to reveal at times alienated narrations where past and present seem to coincide and where a specific time and place allocation drifts apart. A geological narrative often runs parallel to a sociohistorical. This narrative is also rooted in a physical engagement of the artist and her biography with the actual places.
In 2011 Christofides co-represented Cyprus at the 54th Venice Biennale. She has received numerous grants and scholarships, among them: Stiftung Kunstfonds, Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral, Kunststiftung NRW, Kölnischer Kunstverein and Imhoff Stiftung, Jean-Claude Reynal Foundation, Onassis Foundation and was shortlisted for the Deste Prize Athens. In 2014 she was holder of the Villa Aurora Grant in Los Angeles. Recent exhibitions and residencies include: 2014 Here let me stand, Galerie Campagne Première, Berlin (solo) / National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest / Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka 2013 Archaeologies of the Future 2, Galerie Campagne Première, Berlin / Afresh, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens / Recorded Memories, Museum for Photography, Braunschweig / DESTE Prize 2013, Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens / Gasworks/TrAIN, London / Cinema Aurora, miart, Milano (solo), with Laveronica, Modica / l’histoire d’histoire d’une histoire, Kölnischer Kunstverein OG2, Cologne (solo) 2012 Reluctantly Real, Laveronica, Modica (solo) / Errant Images, Omikron Gallery, Nicosia (solo) / Museum of Contemporary Art, Siegen / BOZAR - Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels.
Johan Bergström Hyldahl
Johan Bergström Hyldahl (b. 1984) works with film, photography and sculpture. Johan is interested in the borderland between kitsch and the introspective, between the caricature-like humorous and the rational, in projects that reflexively approach the conventions of the logic of feature films. His imagery and narrative are often driven by paraphrases from the canon of art history and history.
Johan Bergström Hyldahl is based in Stockholm, and holds a MFA from the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, and an MSc in Finance from the Stockholm School of Economics. Johan has also studied Fine Arts at Hunter College, New York.
Linda Fregni Nagler
Linda Fregni Nagler was born in Stockholm in1976. She lives in Milan, Italy. After having completed a BFA in painting at the Academy of fine Arts of Brera (Milan), in 2000, she participated in 2004 to the Advanced Course in Visual Arts at Ratti Foundation, Como, with Jimmie Durham.
In 2013 she was invited to participate to The Encyclopedic Palace, 55th Venice Biennale, International Art Exhibition, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, in a special section curated by Cindy Sherman. Also in 2013 MACK Books (London) published a monograph titled The Hidden Mother, on the work exposed at the Biennale. In 2014 she is shortlisted for the MAXXI Prize in Rome (Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo) and her solo show Per comandare all’aria is on view at the museum until September 2014. She has exhibited her photographs in solo shows at Monica De Cardenas Gallery, Milan (2011), Columbia University, NY (2007) and Olivetti Foundation in Rome (2006).
She has exhibited in group shows such as: LE SILENCE–Une fiction, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco; Beyond the Dust, Artists' Documents Today, De Kabinetten van De Vleeshal, Middelburg, and Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris (2010); SI - Sindrome Italiana, la jeune création artistique italienne, at the MAGASIN-Centre National d'Art Contemporain de Grenoble (2010); La Différence, CAB-Centre d’Art Bastille (2010). In 2008 she was invited at the Centre International d’Accueil et d’Echanges des Récollets, Paris, and in 2007 she won the New York Prize, offered by Italian Foreign Office and Columbia University. Her work has been published in magazines such as Frieze Magazine, Artforum, Flash Art and Fantom, and Laboratorio Italia. La fotografia nell’Arte Contemporanea, (Johan & Levi). Since 2011 she teaches Photography at the Carrara Academy of Fine Arts in Bergamo and at the Master in Photography and Visual Design at NABA, Milan.
Jonathan Puckey, Amsterdam, 1981 is an Amsterdam based graphic designer working in the field of interaction and media design. Describing the computer as a tool for making tools, he disregards the predetermined limitations of existing design software. Instead, he develops custom tools, that he uses to realise his projects.
In 2012 he founded the interactive design studio Moniker together with Luna Maurer and Roel Wouters. With Moniker, which means nickname or pseudonym, they explore the influence of technology on daily life. Often the public is asked to take part in the development of projects, which are set into motion through the actions of others and trigger a sense of play. The studio works for a diverse range of clients that can be situated in both the cultural as well as the commercial field.
Together with Edo Paulus, Jonathan Puckey and the other members of Moniker founded Conditional Design. This manifesto and experimental playground investigates logic based working methods, with a focus on process over product. In 2013 the Conditional Design Workbook was published by Valiz. These experiments continue in Moniker Thursdays, a bi-weekly series of studio workshops which are published online at thursdays.studiomoniker.com
Jonathan Puckey is the author of Paper.js, together with Jürg Lehni. Paper.js is an open-source vector graphics programming framework that runs on top of open-web standards such as Canvas 2D and SVG.
b. 1980, Sharqiya, Egypt.
Lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Cairo, Egypt.
2012 Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam.
2008 BFA, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California, USA.
Ayman Ramadan’s practice emerges from and responds to street culture and the practices of everyday life in a small village of Sharqiya, where he grew up, and the chaotic megalopolis of Cairo, to which he moved as a teenager. Islamic concepts and forms, folk superstitions and rituals are reconfigured in the contemporary street life that forms the basis of his work. Ramadan has exhibited widely throughout Europe and the United States including: the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, Illinois; New Museum New York; Mediamatic, Amsterdam; Kunsthallen Nikolaj, Copenhagen, among other venues. He has had numerous solo shows at Townhouse Gallery, Cairo.
studio nāv is a spatial practice consisting of Carl Fransson and Thomas Paltiel. While educated primarily at Edinburgh College of Art where they both received their MArch/Dipl. of Architecture, their professional and educational experience has been more widespread: working for architectural and artistic practices in both Switzerland and Norway. To date studio nāv has worked in close collaboration with artist such as, Oneohtrix Point Never, Lars Ramberg and Lina Selander.
Whether working with constructs of temporality or permanence, the studios underlying ambition is to establish or expand from the particularity of a given context. More often than not, these constructs are of an abstract and suggestive nature - challenging a direct reading of the work. What is shared is a concern for material and spatial conception, and the relation between surface, space and the viewer.
Matilda Haritz Svensson
I work with sculptural ceramics assembled into compositions. The sculptures are loose forms constructed by simple means in which thought and action are juxtaposed. It is intended to be powerful yet awkward, with the mistakes clearly accounted for. A composition may be mobile, using engines or my action, but it may also be stationary. I explore the characteristics of forms and what they are able to do.
Matilda Haritz Svenson (b. 1982) received her Master’s degree from the School of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg in 2011. She has exhibited at among others Keramiskt Center, Höganäs and Galleri KC, Gothenburg. She is currently developing a public artwork for the New Karolinska Hospital in Solna.