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Ingela Ihrman

Studio Grant holder in Stockholm 1 November 2022 – 21 April 2023

Artist Ingela Ihrman lives in Malmö and is active in Sweden and internationally with exhibitions, commissions and self-initiated projects in and outside of existing art spaces. Ihrman’s practice includes sculpture, performance, video and text. She sometimes collaborates with other visual artists or is a co-creator in collective performing arts projects. Strong feelings in everyday life, the difficult and wonderful things about relationships and a loving look towards what we call “Nature” are themes that run through Ingela Ihrman’s art practice. She attempts to activate empathy and fantasy in order to open up new horizons and perspectives on what it means to be alive. In her art, she questions if humans are or are not a part of something greater – a life form that inevitably comes into existence through relationships with each other and others, but also feels alone and rootless. She has a weakness for the playfully serious and attempts to arouse tenderness and humility towards the conditions of existence.

Portrait of Ingela Ihrman

Ingela Ihrman

During her residency at IASPIS, Ingela Ihrman intends to work sculpturally for planned exhibitions in Stockholm and London based on her interest in the body, grass, bread, cereals and society. She will also develop a performance for Stockholm House of Culture & City Theatre Skärholmen which will premiere in autumn 2023.

Ingela Ihrman holds an MFA from Konstfack, University of Arts, Craft and Design in Stockholm (2012). She has participated in the following exhibitions: Rooted Beings, Wellcome Collection, London, (2022); A Vegetal Encounter, La Casa Encendida, Madrid (2021); Sensing Nature From Within, Moderna Museet, Malmö (2020); Yokohama Triennale (2020); Nordic Pavilion, 58th Venice Biennale (2019); The Inner Ocean, der TANK, Institut Kunst, FHNW Academy of Art and Design, Basel (2017); What Does Art Do, 11th Gwangju Biennale (2016) and Future Flourish, Tensta Konsthall (2016).