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Patrik Aarnivaara
Patrik Aarnivaara (b. 1977) is interested in the interaction between the viewer and optical instruments, employing sculpture and photo-based works to explore the act of observation. He situates his sculptures in landscapes or gallery spaces. They are reminiscent of camera equipment that reflects, filters or mirrors light and images of a place. Mounted on tripods, they are mobile and easily disassembled, like tools with interchangeable parts which can be used for various purposes: as projection surfaces or props for a photo session. The point of departure for his photo-based works is often architecture. Through walks and visits he explores how buildings affect a viewer in motion and function as ocular tools.

His recent exhibitions include: Narrative Gallery, London (2013), Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh (2013), Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga (2012), Galleri Charlotte Lund, Stockholm (2012), Lunds konsthall, Lund (2010), Malmö Konsthall, Malmö (2010).
www.aarnivaara.com

Jenny Berntsson
My work is based in sculpture and drawing with the point of departure in places, situations and materials. I am looking for connections in the gap between culture and nature where there is a space of freedom to create something unexpected.
Since 2009 I run the organisation Local A. in collaboration with artist Felice Hapetzeder. Among other things, Local A. has conducted workshop-based artistic projects nationally and internationally in cooperation with art institutions. Local A.’s working method aims to develop new artworks, projects and working methods in which we strive to achieve an improved understanding of art and the value of artistic processes, for example by inviting people to participate in the artistic process, which we call Workshop-as-Research. The research is based on the encounters and the social situation that emerge in the work. We also work with Klink, which is a workshop for project development with artists. During 2014 Local A. work in close collaboration with Gävle Konstcentrum with a project (issue) based on a number of performances situated in Gävle.
Since 2009 I have frequently collaborated with the choreographer Marie Fahlin. Most recently in the work Fodral, the second part of a triptych about the relationship between choreography and sculpture. In the work, the same physical material is recycled, and the questions turn on a discussion of artistic practice regarding the reincarnation of a work, how its new form relates to the content and structure of the previous one.
www.jennyberntsson.com  www.local-a.org

Kah Bee Chow
Chow works with the vulnerability of architecture; vaporous discourse and literal supports, thinning and sacrifice implied in uneven codependency. She observes that in crisis situations, the idea of shelter is often reduced to a two-dimensional plane: a piece of board, a police riot shield, a thin sheet of armour with which to draw a line and protect the body.  Her recent work employs these lines to generate alternate links and flows; in imagining psychic friends in puffy animals, or the compacting of spatial depth in display systems and surfaces as modes of surveillance.
www.kahbeechow.com

Sindri Leifsson
Sindri raises questions about the autarchy of work and the product it yields as well as pointing towards the process itself. The alienation of labor is perhaps in contrast to the objects where the process, the labour as such, becomes the leader instead of the emerging product. Labour is maintained, for labour’s sake, and in the process various by-products and unambiguous signs of some sort of presence formulate. This derives partly from a fascination of tools where they are used to build other tools and the definite line between a tool and a sculpture is blurred. While working the artist awaits for something to materialize and at the same time questions what is concrete and what isn’t and who is in control and gets to decide upon that. All details are in a state of constant renewal and traces are purposefully left on site. There is no obvious conclusion but the possibility of progress.
Sindri Leifsson is an artist from Reykjavik, Iceland. He graduated from Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2011 and earned an MFA degree from Malmö Art Academy in 2013. Recently based in Reykjavik he is associated with the artist run space Kunstschlager and runs various other iniatives and projects.
www.sindrileifsson.com

Elmas Deniz
Elmas Deniz is an artist based in Istanbul. She is interested in global power structures, state-control, urbanism, economy and globalization, as reflected in her institutional as well as in her artistic practice. In her work, she utilizes various media—installation of objects, ready-made, video, and drawings. Her recent interest is on nature and economy—nature as commodity, value creation, money and alternatives to capitalist consumerist behavior and its mode of thinking.Her recent one-person exhibition, in which she focused on urban poverty, was in Macka Sanat Gallery in 2012.
Beside her artistic practices she is a writer, editor, curator, and initiator of various artist run initiatives and self-organized structures. She is editor of Mental Space series, a bilingual supplement book of Sanat Dunyamiz Publication [The most established contemporary art-magazine since 1979 in Istanbul.] She was one of the founders and co-director of the K2 Artist Initiative between 2004-2007 in Izmir. She was awarded Berlin Goethe Institute cultural grant in 2007. In 2006 she participated in IASPIS, Sweden and FRAME, Finland Expert visitors programs. She was a resident at 2011, Pistoletto Foundation Italy; In 2009 Sextant e Plus - La Friche Belle de Mai, Marseilles, FR; in 2008 DIVA Copenhagen, DK; in 2006 Vassl, Karachi, Pakistan; 2005 Aiwa Beiruth, Lebanon. She has participated in exhibitions and events internationally.
www.elmasdeniz.com

Alexandra Zuckerman
Alexandra Zuckerman is Tel-Aviv based artist. She was born in Moscow , Russia in 1981. At the age of ten immigrated to Israel, where she currently lives and works.
Zuckerman studied B.F.A at Bezalel Academy of Arts, Jerusalem and participated in student exchange program in Stadelschule, Frankfurt am Main. Additionally she graduated B.S.c in Biology at Tel-Aviv University in 2010. Zuckerman’s main medium of practice is painting especially drawing and works on paper. Her diverse and imaginative imagery oeuvre has it’s roots in traditional painting as well as illustration,folk art, personal every day encounters and childhood memories. Zuckerman’s works are often very detailed, demanding a close look, with a spacial emphasis on the flatness of the surface. Zuckerman has been awarded Excellence Painting Prize, Bezalel Academy of Arts and America-Israel cultural foundation Sharret scholarship. Her works have been displayed in solo shows in Europe and Israel such as "Klaus", Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, "In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower", Gallery Christian Nagel, Berlin, "The Olympians", Open Space, Art Cologne, “What the moon saw”, Noga gallery, Tel-Aviv. As well as in several group shows such as The 1st Herzliya Biennial of Contemporary Art, Herzeliya, “As if words mean nothing", Kunstbuero Temporary Gallery Vienna, Wien, "Garbage Man Please Garbage Me", Brun,Düsseldorf and Magasin 3, Stockholm.

June Crespo
June Crespo focuses on the reproduction of images and their exploitation in graphic arts and sculptural installation.  She studied Fine Arts at the University of the Basque Country UPV-EHU (Bilbao, Spain), where she is currently pursuing a PhD. Recent solo exhibitions include Amatista (Sala Rekalde, Bilbao, 2013); Reverso (Have a Window, Turin, 2013); El Rayo verde (Centro Cultural Montehermoso,Vitoria-Gasteiz, 2011). Group exhibitions include Hitting it off (P-exclamation New York 2014); Quarter System (Museo Unav, Pamplona, 2013) Mitya (Ciudadela Pamplona 2012) Pop Politics: Activismos a 33 revoluciones (CA2M, Madrid, 2012); Esta puerta pide clavo (Tatjana Pieters Gallery, Ghent, 2012); Plano peso Punto y Medida (Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, 2011); Antes que todo (CA2M, Madrid, 2010).

Amalia Pica
Amalia Pica was born in 1978 in Argentina, she currently lives and works in London.
Recent solo exhibitions include Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2014), Museo Nacional De Bellas Artes, Neuquen (2013), List Visual Arts Center, MIT, Cambridge and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2013), Kunsthalle Lissabon (2013), Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2013), Modern Art Oxford (2012), Chisenhale Gallery, London (2012), Kunsthalle Sankt Gallen (2012), University of Michigan Museum of Art (2011) and  Malmo Konsthall (2010). She has been in group shows at Tate Modern, London (2013), Museo de Arte de Lima (2013), Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (2013), CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2012), Aspen Art Museum (2012), FRAC Bordeaux (2011), Kunstahalle Wien (2011) and Serpentine Gallery, London (2010) among many others. Pica was also one of the participating artists in New Museum Triennial, New York (2012) and the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale (2011). Pica was awarded The Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists in 2011.
 
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