SIMKA , curators , Sweden
SIMKA is the project name for the visual artists Simon Haggblom’s and Karin Lind’s shared artistic activities. Through SIMKA we combine our knowledge and skill from visual art, set design and landscape architecture.
The core of our work is the investigation and formation of different spaces and sites for human interaction. Informed by the tensions between urbanity and nature, as well as the fictional and the habitual world. The pieces are more or less permanent, located in the gaps, the solitary or disintegrated spaces of the public or private sphere.
SIMKA was formed 17 years ago and has produced a number of large public commissions and exhibitions, in the last years; Gallery Noass, Riga LV -S.P.Gallery, Stockholm,SWE -Galerie HilbertRaum, Berlin -Katrineholms konsthall, SWE, -MU gallery Helsinki, -Korsbarsgarden konsthall, Gotland and Luleå konsthall, SWE. Participatory artproject, Floating Trunks, for European Culture cities2014 Umeå, Riga and Pori – Stegen, City of Västervik, SWE, Trollbuller& Trollbollar, Municipality of Härryda, SWE – Pärlanistjärnan, City of Tranås, SWE -Wonderland, at the penitentiary institution Hall in Södertälje (Public art agency Sweden), The song of the forest, Igelstaverket, Södertälje (Söderenergi Kraftvärme AB), Les Trois Mages, outside Notre dame in Reims for the festival Reims Scénes d’Europe, France.
Set Design for Plateau Effect, As It Empties Out and Protagonist for choreograph Jefta van Dinther trough Cullberg, Tanzquartier in Vienna and Staatsballett-Berlin Their current work includes 10 films under the title True Colors. Based on documented performances in nature. Also ongoing 3D textile project with local participants on Björkö, Åland FI Within the organisation Corners of Europe www.cornersofeurope.org
2014-17 SISTER OF ANOTHER MAMA Cornersprojekt -performance.workshops in coop with Mila Pavicevic, Croatia and Joseba Irazoki, Spanien. www.cornersofeurope.org
– 14 San Sebastian, Spain och Puglia, Italy – 15 Haninge kulturhus, SE –
Belfast Festival, Irish arts council, GB – Docufest Prizren, Kosovo
– 16 Belgrad Vranje- REX & 848 Serbien – Rijeka, Drugo more, Croatia
Donostia/San Sebastian – EU capital of culture, SP – 17 Taranto, Italy
Karin Lind has also a career as set designer for theater and dance with over 100 productions the past 20 years. Simon Häggblom also as landscape and garden designer in 40 years.
FELICE HAPETZEDER , Sweden
Felice Hapetzeder is interested in the aesthetics and social context of creative practice. His methods span across video art, installation, sculpture, workshop-performance and photography.
Felice Hapetzeder is an artist with MFA degree from the Fine Arts department at Konstfack College of Art, Crafts and Design in 2002. Much of his work can be read as expressing a marginal voice, an independent channel outside the dominant narratives; subtly questioning cultural heritage production and manipulation of collective memory and oblivion. He works both independently and in collaboration with others; interested in the border between documentary storytelling and dramatization or learning as artistic expression. Hapetzeder also works as an independent manager of art projects, often by way of international exchanges and as an art educator. He is the founder of Samtidskonst i Bro – Contemporary art in Bro community 2017 to current, part of the video art exchange and development project Carousell 2013-2018, a part of the artist duo Local A. 2008-2017 and one of the initiators of ak28 independent art space in Stockholm 2003-2008.
Exhibitions and screenings include: 2020: Wishful Images at Moving Image Research Centre (MIRC), University of East London. Artist in Hospital commission, Gävle. 2019: MIT Museum, Cambridge Community Television, Cambridge. Now&After, CCI Fabrica, Moscow. Tegen2, Stockholm. Ifö Center Konsthall, Bromölla. Wishful Images, 51zero Festival, Canterbury. Samples #7 Mexico. Stuttgarter Filmwinter. The City Shines Everyday With New Stories, curated by Abir Boukhari, All Art Now. 2018: Oberhausen Short Film Festival. TBCTV at Somerset House, London. FOKUS Video Art Festival Copenhagen. 2017: A Video Art History, Galleri 54 Gothenburg. The Promise, Index, Stockholm. Mouth Shut Loud Shouts, Marabouparken, Stockholm. Athens Digital Art Festival 2016: Husby konsthall. Haninge konsthall. 1st Community Arts Triennial Finland. 2015: Black Sesame Space, Institute for Provocation, Beijing. Skånes Konstförening, Malmö. Imago Mundi, Luciano Benetton Collection, Palazzo Cini, Venice. Les Rencontres Internationales, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
Irakli Dznealdze , photographer , Georgia
Iraklii Dzneladze was born on November 11, 1986, in Batumi, Georgia. After finishing the local theological gymnasium, he entered Rerich School of Arts, Fine art faculty in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. It was a place, where he had been interested in photography and journalism for the first time.
Irakli’s got profession of artist-restorer and returned to Batumi in 2004. He had been studying journalism at Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University for 4 years. Since then photography became an integral part of his life. In 2012-2013 participated in the program Eurodyssee in Paris. For the
one year, he had been working in the sphere of documentary photography. Irakli had seven personal exhibitions and more than 20 group exhibitions. He is the author of the projects: “Historical photo: inhabitants of Batumi”, “The Door”. Also, Irakli Dzneladze is the Artists’ Club F/11 fou
nder in Georgia. One of the founders and manager of the Contemporary art space Batumi 2014-2019. Since 2014 he co-organized Photo-festival Batumi Photo Days.
Giorgi Gogeiberidz, film director, painter , photographer , Georgia
Burning Woman , Ukraine
Being born and raised in Eastern Ukraine, the industrial heart of the country, Burning Woman was exposed to gloomy atmosphere of large-scale manufacturing plants and noisy environment of ever-growing construction sites since early childhood. At some point, she learned to love the decadent sight, and especially the sound of her hometown, developing a taste to experimental electronic, noise, dark ambient, drone, and techno, and unusual forms and methods of creative self-expression.
As a DJ and musician, Burning Woman draws inspiration from various sources and constantly develops her own sounding, trying different methods of digital audio processing and synthesis. She frequently uses field recordings to express her individual experience of interaction with the world and her perception of it through music. This is how she connects her ideas, states, and feelings with the existing reality, making them conceivable for the audience.
Apart from making her own music and djing, Burning Woman actively participates in the development of Ukrainian electronic and experimental scene, working as a curator with cultural organizations and platforms, such as “Women’s sound” project , “Platform Tiu” in Mariupol, and Institute of Sound in Kyiv. She also collaborates with other artists, musicians, and performers on various multidisciplinary art-projects.
Astrid Ericsson , Sweden
Astrid Eriksson (b. 1993) has an interest in how value is manifested and performed through objects and situations. She investigates the cultures we create around these objects and situations through sculptures, installations and performative events.
Astrid is a part of the collaborative research project Maps on the Politics of Space that began in 2016. MoPS works with visualization of hidden aspects of the city, like ownership of space and its implications. She has a BA of fine art from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm.
Adam Gustafsson, Sweden
Adam Gustafsson (b.1987) is graduating from the Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm later this spring. In his practice he explores game theory, which expresses itself in collaborations, role-play and site-specific scenography.
Through the years the artist has, in different ways, constructed social situations that aims to investigate relational patterns, hierarchies and habits. Play and game is often a catalyst when the exhibition becomes part of the oeuvre. His background as a craftsman makes his project materialize in different ways such as weaving, carpentry and casting.
Adam Gustafsson is also part of the curatorial artist group COYOTE who has grown to be an important factor in the young art scene of Stockholm. Using in-between spaces in the town have been there signature in order to change the perspective on how art can be perceived.