Valand Academy, Masters of Fine Art
Frames and Stages
11.05.13 - 26.05.13
Opening Saturday 11 maj at 13 - 17
Göteborgs Konsthall and Valand Aca.
This year’s exhibition of art works by graduands in Fine Art continues Gothenburg Konsthallen’s long-term relationship with the work of emergent artists from the city’s art school. However, this year’s exhibition also occurs after a significant change. In July 2013 the Valand School of Fine Art merged with the Schools of Photography and Film and with the Department of Literary Composition to create the new Valand Academy. This exhibition therefore marks several moments simultaneously: the beginnings of the new Academy, the impending end of its education of the eleven artists represented here, and a renewed partnership between Konsthallen and Valand Academy.
This partnership is based on the fact that these institutions believe that a healthy, strong and dynamic framework for the development of society has to consciously and confidently create circumstances that will foster and support art and artists. It is our shared responsibility to both demand and author contexts for publics to consistently encounter artists and their works and to provide platforms for critical thought and debate. I am grateful once again for the commitment, via this exhibition, that Konsthallen demonstrates in the necessity to publicly support and profile emergent artists in Gothenburg and Western Sweden.
Frames and Stages
responds to the works of the eleven artists by destabilising any desire that the spectator may have for a singular narrative or thematic to be discovered. Instead, through a series of framing and staging devices the differences of the artworks are accentuated as bearing points amidst a spatial formation that leads the spectator through the exhibition and supports their capacity to frame the dialogues and stage the debates.
Jason E. Bowman
MFA: Fine Art Programme Leader and Interim Head of Subject
Fredrika Anderson, Mina Snövit Hedstierna, Kim Johansson, Jan Marius Kiøsterud, Gustav Lejelind, Tomas Lundgren, Niklas Persson, Nils Elvebakk Skalegård, Miriam Thorpe,
Mikael Vesavuori, Fredrik Åkum
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