THE ARTISTS

Texts by Jan-Erik Lundström

Ann-Louice Abrahamsson (b. 1970), lives and works in Kiruna

Ann-Louice Abrahamsson, Issue
Ann-Louice Abrahamsson, Issue

Ann-Louice Abrahamsson works with ceramics, jewellery and watercolour paintings. Abrahamsson's aquarelles are fastidious and luminous renderings of the Norrbotten landscape from natural scenery to architecture, both individual houses and urban or village scenes, all rendered with precision, re-narrating moments of the day as well as the distinct seasons of the North.  




Website. www.ann-louice.se

Helena Adolfsson (b. 1961, Uppsala), lives and works in Kvikkjokk

Helena Adolfsson, På myren (2017)
Helena Adolfsson, På myren (2017)

Helena Adolfsson works in oil and aquarelle with the extraordinary landscape around her home village Kvikkjokk as a primary motif. This is Adolfsson's landscape, that she patiently and eloquently catches in all it seasons, daily cycles and in a variety of landscape of motifs, from near her home.


Website. www.helenadolfsson.se

Agneta Andersson (b. 1970, Kiruna), lives and works in Luleå

Agneta Andersson, Utsikt (2013)
Agneta Andersson, Utsikt (2013)

Agneta Andersson works across a range of media, including sculptures/objects and drawings. She has made several public works, including Áigerávdnji/Time Flow, for the Sami Sculpture park in Jokkmokk. Under the title New Deadline, referring to the process of moving her home city Kiruna, she has produced a series or largescale charcoal drawings of remarkable presence and depth.

Website. www.agnetaandersson.se

Victoria Andersson (b. 1971, Kiruna), lives and works in Luleå

Victoria Andersson, Under ytan (2016)
Victoria Andersson, Under ytan (2016)

Victoria Andersson works primarily with embroidery in her artistic practice. With needle and thread, she creates elegant, minimal, and distilled images - both intimate and large-scale - that retell stories or explore particular visual structures. Recurring themes are landscape and the human relationship with nature, reflecting especially on a contemporary culture of exploitation and careless use of nature and natural resources. Time is an important element in Victoria Andersson's art, both through the time-consuming and meditative process of embroidery itself and explored as subject matter in several of her works.

Website. www.victoriaandersson.se

Jette Andersen (b. 1959, Denmark), lives and works in Luleå

Jette Andersen, Säg mig lilla bord
Jette Andersen, Säg mig lilla bord

Jette Andersen works with visual art and architecture. A clear conceptual tangent interwoven with an expressive aesthetics and precise craftsmanship characterizes Jette Andersen’s art.  Employing painting, graphics, sculpture and objects as her principle media, Andersen often follows a distilled thematic - that may be both cultural/political and aesthetic formal - that due course finds its forms in distinct and varied ways. Many works bring forth a characteristic encounter, or even clash, between a pattern, an abstract geometry, or simply a repeated figure like a stencil, and a concrete figurative or narrative motif. The long-term project Händer (Hands) follow the inexhaustible capacities of expression tended by the human hand, the second face of the human being, voiced in drawings, sculptures and objects, at times with biographical references, at times pursuing a more universal modality.

Website. www.jetteandersen.se

Sture Berglund (b. 1937, Piteå), lives and works in Piteå

Sture Berglund, Spegling
Sture Berglund, Spegling

Sture Berglund is a visual artist, working primarily in painting, drawing and sculpture. The Bothnian coastal landscape is his leading motif, that he observes and explores closely in drawing and aquarelles, from realist field studies to abstract landscapes. Berglund has since the 1980s been associated with multidisciplinary research projects regarding the coastal landscape and the subject of reboud, documenting and interpreting land changes. Berglund works also with public projects and has recently been commissioned to make diplomas for Nobel Prize winners.

Website. www.stureberglund.com

Pilar de Burgos (b. 1971, Mexico City), lives and works between Luleå and Mexico City

Pilar de Burgos, Paraply
Pilar de Burgos, Paraply

Pilar de Burgos's works are sculptural, often developed into larger installations. Burgos's inclusive works involve a variety of materials and, often, generative or repetitive form, all organized and articulated to engage issues regarding human relations, cross-cultural encounters and social and spiritual conditions of the present. Burgos artistic practice is also aimed at public space, including site-specific public works and projects.

Website. www.pilardeburgos.com

Sara Edström (b. 1968, Luleå), lives and works in Luleå

Sara Edström, I don't look good naked anymore
Sara Edström, I don't look good naked anymore

Sara Edström works with sculpture, objects, video, installation and, on occasion, performative works. The human body or organic forms in general, abstracted or fragmented, fractured or transformed, are source material for many of her seductive and vital sculptures and objects. While her recent project I don't look good naked anymore explores the identity of the middle-aged woman in videos, sculptures and performative elements. Sara Edström is as well one of the co-founders of the artist run Galleri Syster in Luleå.

Website. www.saraedstrom.se

Jan Anders Eriksson (b. 1944, Södra Harads), lives and works between Harads and Luleå

Jan Anders Eriksson, Gruva
Jan Anders Eriksson, Gruva

Jan Anders Eriksson has worked continuously in painting since the 1970s, with oil and enamel as his preferred media. A prolific artist known equally for his large landscapes with the solitary human figure - simultaneously romanticist and surreal - as for his exquisite enamels of lonely houses, in both cases with a northern geography and ambience as a unifying characteristic. Jan Anders Eriksson has both an extensive production and a broad repertoire, yet with an unmistakable signature style, consistent throughout his oeuvre.

Website. www.jatte.se

Kerstin Hedström (b. 1953), lives and works in Luleå

Kerstin Hedström, Nu lyfter vi
Kerstin Hedström, Nu lyfter vi

Hedström works with large sculptures or installations, equally for exhibitions as commissioned public works. She frequently employs used and recycled vernacular materials in her art, such as pencils, lenses, gym shoes, pill boxes, most commonly in large quantities that are assembled to create particular patterns, shapes or structures. Given their previous use in everyday life, these objects bring experiences, stories and emotions significant to each completed work. These repetitive or generative structures are also characteristic in terms of process. Hedström's aesthetic method is detailed, slow and meditative, making time an added element in her art.

Website. www.slow-art.se

Erik Holmsted (b. 1952, Malmberget), lives and works in Luleå

Erik Holmsted, Northland Resources
Erik Holmsted, Northland Resources

Erik Holmstedt is a photographer with more than a 30-year engagement with independent photography. An articulate and precise landscape photography is at the core of his practice, tracing the changes of the cultural and lived landscape of the county of Norrbotten as it slowly transforms in the modern period, captured and expressed in poignant and lucid images. The town of Malmberget is a particular focus where Holmstedt narrates and visualizes the slow dismantling and closing down of this mining town, seen through both the entropic landscape and the town's inhabitants, rendered in frank and sincere portraits.

Website. www.holmstedt.nu

Carola Grahn (b. 1982, Jokkmokk), lives and works between Jokkmokk and New York

Carola Grahn, My Name Is Nature (2016)
Carola Grahn, My Name Is Nature (2016)

Grahn's works involve text, imagery, sound, animation, sculpture often taking the shape of context-specific projects/installations that extend the gallery space/the white cube to a public or media space. Grahn's artistic practice is often aimed at structures of power, hierarchy, privilege and oppression, in particular those of gender and indigeneity, including that of her own South Sami background; challenging the structures and discourses that be. These topics may often combine in the same work. Carola Grahn also works collaboratively, such as the recent project Sami Girl Gang in collaboration with Silje Figenschou Thoresen.

Website. www.carolagrahn.se

Per Isak Juuso (b. 1953, Karesuando), lives and works in Mertajärvi

Per Isak Juuso, Sami daiddaguovddas
Per Isak Juuso, Sami daiddaguovddas

Juuso learned the Sami craft of duodji from his parents. Working in wood, bone as well as metal and textile, Per Isak Juuso is an artist engaged in maintaining, developing and renewing the Sami tradition of duodji. The unique handmade objects of Juuso combine exceptional and precise knowledge of material and technique with a powerful sense of symbolic or metaphoric form that transgress the traditional domestic utensils of the duodji craft. His series Ve-Mod (Melan-choly), including more than 100 pieces, configure a miniature face carved in bone, attached to a small upright birch log, generating a series of melancholic, alarming and loudly silent portraits.

Hanna Kanto (b. 1981), lives and works in Haparanda

Hanna Kanto, Rope
Hanna Kanto, Rope

With the Northern landscape as backdrop to scenes of human exchange and living or with the northern nature and environments as protagonists themselves, Kanto is a painter that combine the vernacular with the extraordinary, narrative and density with minimalism and abstraction, the enigmatic with the concrete and realistic in vivid and audacious paintings. In addition, Hanna Kanto works on occasion with video, stage design and scenography.




Website. www.hannakanto.com

Jenni Laiti (b. 1981 in Inari, Finland), lives and works in Jokkmokk

Suohpanterror, Together we rise
Suohpanterror, Together we rise

Laiti is a Sámi activist and an artist who develops projects engaging indigenous rights, decolonial strategies and environmental issues, often closely and creatively linked and interwoven in particular projects. Art and activism are intrinsically linked in Laiti's practice and her works and projects include installations, public works, demonstrations, performative and direct action projects in public space. Laiti is also a founding member of Suohpanterror, a mostly anonymous collective working with combative and assertive posters, stickers, collage, videos or other graphic products in a decolonial project in support of Sámi and indigenous identity and rights.


Websites. www.suohpanterror.com | www.ellosdeatnu.com | twitter.com/jennilaiti

Lotta Lampa (b. 1981), lives and works in Kalix and Luleå

Lotta Lampa, TT Thunder
Lotta Lampa, TT Thunder

Lotta Lampa is an artist and designer, and a member of the design and art collective Cray Collective. She also works as projectcoordinator for Resurscentrum för Konst. Lotta Lampa's artistic practice is often based on design objects - such as furniture pieces, mirrors, lamps or other vernacular objects - which she renders in animated, expressive, humorous and innovative works, in a wide range of materials and colours.







Website. www.lottalampa.se

Britta Marakatt-Labba (b. 1951, Idivuoma), lives and works in Övre Soppero

Britta Marakatt-Labba, Skogen skyddar liv II
Britta Marakatt-Labba, Skogen skyddar liv II

A member of the influential artist collective the Maze Group in the 1970s, Marakatt-Labba now has an extensive four-decade practice as an artist, with embroidery as her key medium. Marakatt-Labba’s works are distinct miniature worlds narrating scenes from everyday life in a Sámi context or visualizing the landscape of the north. Furthermore, her embroidered stories or tableaus often engage contemporary ecological or environmental issues as well as pursuing a rich exploration of Sámi iconography, history and mythology. In addition, Marakatt-Labba has as well worked with scenography, costumes, book illustrations and design. Marakatt-Labba was the only Swedish artist participating in Documenta 14.

Website. www.brittaml.se (updated until 2014)

Oscar Männikkö (b. 1986, Vittangi), lives and works in Boden

Oscar Männikkö, Vargpojken
Oscar Männikkö, Vargpojken

Oscar Mega Männikkö works with photo-based images, sound and installations. His recent exhibition Vargpojken (The Wolf Boy), employing large staged black & white photographs, explores marginal or subcultural identities, involving also his own background from Norrbotten.






More info. www.kuriren.nu/kultur/konstelever-staller-ut-i-umea-8285896.aspx

Jenny Nordmark (b. 1980, Kalix), lives and works in Luleå and Stockholm

Jenny Nordmark and Gustav Nordmark, Stadshuset
Jenny Nordmark and Gustav Nordmark, Stadshuset

Jenny Nordmark works with scenography, architecture and visual arts/installations. The trilogy titled Skogen Älven Malmen Nordmark explores in three installations the history and continued influence of the most important natural resources of the nation of Sweden, all of them extracted from the county of Norrbotten - Forestry, Ore and Hydropower. Her visual art projects combine photography, documentations and conceptual sculpture choreographing materials originating from the topical sources of the work itself.

Website. www.jennynordmark.se

Sarah Oja (b. 1988, Luleå), lives and works in Stockholm and Luleå

Sarah Oja
Sarah Oja

Sarah Oja's principal medium as visual artist is photography. In a combination of photographs with shorter texts, Sarah Oja completed in 2014 a much-recognised project upon the subject of hair, referencing bodily memory. Sarah Oja has also worked extensively within the genre of self-portraiture, of staging herself as a protagonist, often here imitating a kind of journalistic language in her images.




Website. www.sarahoja.com

Katarina Pirak-Sikku (b. 1965), lives and works in Jokkmokk

Katarina Pirak-Sikku, Námmaláhpan
Katarina Pirak-Sikku, Námmaláhpan

Katarina Pirak-Sikku is a visual artist who works across a range of media, such as photography, drawing, collage, objects and installations. Over the last decade, she has pursued a multifaceted project exploring the practices of the Swedish Race Biological Institute subjecting the Sami people to anthropometric practices. Works gathered in the major 2014 solo exhibition Námmaláhpan, that explored the sentiments and emotion of the people subjected to such violent practices - emotions of grief and the possibility of redress. The project has continued with further examinations of the Institute archives, where Pirak-Sikku also collaborate with researchers from disciplines such as anthropology and ethnography.

Angelica Ruffier-Holmqvist (b. 1989, Luleå), lives and works in Luleå

Angelica Ruffier-Holmqvist, Det jag trodde mig se, finns det?
Angelica Ruffier-Holmqvist, Det jag trodde mig se, finns det?

Ruffier-Holmqvist works across a range of media including photography and film. Her recent exhibition Det jag trodde mig se, finns det? (What I thought I saw, does it exist?) explores the region of Norrbotten, where she was born but did not grow up, through such sources as her own mother's clippings from Luleå and private photos as well as well-known books presenting Norrbotten, as sources and narrative around which the exhibition develops. Initially trained in design and layout, Ruffier-Holmqvist also partners a company engaging in these disciplines.

Eva Stina Sandling (b. 1950), lives and works in Porsi, near Vuollerim

Eva Stina Sandling, Skapande skola project
Eva Stina Sandling, Skapande skola project

Eva Stina Sandling draws every day, mostly with charcoal chalks, a most original medium for making images. The art of Eva Stina Sandling finds its paths through sculptures, objects, series of drawings, texts, visual and verbal narratives. Her artistic practice is rooted in the local, in the everyday environment, particular places, even peripheries from the viewpoint of the majority society, but which contain the universal in their heart. Sandling preferably works thematically with larger projects, that result in installations, public works, books and more.

Website. http://sandenart.se

Lena Stenberg (b. 1961, Kiruna), lives and works between Kiruna and Skåne

Lena Stenberg´s installation
Lena Stenberg´s installation

Lena Stenberg's work ranges broadly from conceptual sculpture and installations to documentary video and photography. Her ambiguous and sinister objects/installations often quote domestic items but turn out dysfunctional, disturbing or simply twisted, skewed, articulating states of closure, fracture or displacement. Her photographic and video projects pursue a documentary approach to Lena Stenberg's Sami cultural identity, articulating a Sámi cultural environment, documenting such events as the annual cycle and the seasonal particulars of the reindeer herder and the reindeer herd. In recent projects Stenberg has also engaged in such issues as land rights, confronting current and planned mining exploits on Sami territory.

Website. www.lenastenberg.se.sitebuilder.loopia.com/home

Magnus Svensson (b. 1977), lives and works in Luleå

Magnus Svensson, Bronte (The hill)
Magnus Svensson, Bronte (The hill)

Magnus Svensson works with a carefully sourced set of parameters and a well worked-out methodology. Oil, in layers, upon boards of wooden fibre, often in a format close to the square; this is the formal and technical framework for Svensson’s production. Size varies some but the standard formats of the industrial board decides the basic measures. Also, Svensson’s palette is reliable. Preferably monochrome variations; a greyish white and a light beige are nuances that return. Magnus Svensson’s precisely and carefully executed paintings are a rewarding and remarkable encounter between concrete art and moderate abstraction. The abstracted elements never turn to pure geometry and the constructivism and/or minimalism of Svensson is at the same time remarkably tactile, phenomenological, even intimate in an unexpected manner, with a pronounced presence of things and surfaces, where fragments of motifs discretely plead for attention. Even if the paintings of Magnus Svensson do not always propose a specific reference, they still seem to inhabit a recognizable abode; there is a part of wall panel, lists, a pillow hardly perceivable because of its highlights, the corner of a curtain. Add the playfully cryptic and somehow reluctant titles, often with a brief biographical referent, which close the circle in Magnus Svensson’s gently intense art.

Anders Sunna (b. 1985, Kiruna), lives and works in Jokkmokk

Anders Sunna, Swedish Cooperation Game
Anders Sunna, Swedish Cooperation Game

Sunna’s works are often largescale assemblages which incorporate appropriated imagery, sprayed stencil images, signs and other pictorial elements. While a biographical element, retelling his own family's experiences and struggle for their right, Sunna’s art is activist, sharply political, commenting upon and articulating prejudices and oppression suffered by the Sami people. Sunna also works with sculpture, objects, graffiti, and performance such as his collaboration with singer/activist Sofia Jannok. Sunna aims at dissolving ignorance and stereotypes through his paintings, findings his artistic practice a way of channelling and anger.

Website. www.anderssunna.com

Gudrun Söderholm (b. 1962), lives and works in Kalix-Nyborg

Gudrun Söderholm, Stålverk
Gudrun Söderholm, Stålverk

Gudrun Söderholm's primary medium is weaving, applied to a variety of materials and weaving techniques, with over four decades of experience. The combination of standard textiles with unusual weaving materials such as metal or plastic threads is distinctive of Södersholm's weaving practice, having developed as well special techniques to enable such blends. Söderholm works primarily with geometric patterns and repetitive forms, as well as color combinations, such as a series of works inspired by the colours of different seasons. Much of Söderholm's weaving practice is largescale works for public space. In addition, she produces weaving-related craft products such as baskets.

More info. www.konsthantverkscentrum.org/member/Gudrun-S%C3%B6derholm

Sven Teglund (b. 1955), lives and works in Luleå

Sven Teglund, Parkering vid Höghusen
Sven Teglund, Parkering vid Höghusen

Teglund is a visual artist and author. He works mostly with aquarelle, where he focuses on domestic and everyday motifs or vernacular but marginal or seemingly insignificant spaces in the urban environment. A series of paintings from his own neighbourhood visualizes garages, parking lots or cars, often in a bleak wintery light. Another series of aquarelles are stillives of sorts, rendering meticulously knitted small table cloths of his recently passed-away mother.

Websites. www.tegpublishing.se/af/sven-teglund/ | www.promenaderochutflykter.blogspot.com/

Liselotte Wajstedt (b. 1973, Kiruna), lives and works between Kiruna and Stockholm

Liselotte Wajstedt, A Project in Process (Kiruna)
Liselotte Wajstedt, A Project in Process (Kiruna)

Artist and filmmaker, Wajstedt often involves her hometown Kiruna and her Sami background in her diverse works. Her filmic works combine animation with filmed footage, exploring, mixing various genres such as documentary (sometime biographical) and dramatizations, as well as music videos or video art. A recent series of films interweave the dramatic story of the city of Kiruna, including its forthcoming move and transformation, with the artist’s own childhood and adulthood memories. In Jorinda’s Journey, Japanese Butoh-dance meets Sami jojk and the Sápmi landscape, exploring the destiny of a young Sami woman. Wajstedt also creates craft and design products and household objects, often with elements of the Sami craft of duodji as an ingredient.

Website. www.liselottewajstedt.com

Brita Weglin (b. 1946, Alfta), lives and works in Luleå

Brita Weglin, Hon brukade lägga stor vikt vid hans hunger
Brita Weglin, Hon brukade lägga stor vikt vid hans hunger

Brita Weglin is a productive and experienced artist, with a bold and energetic tone that permeates all her work. In terms of motif and subject matter, Weglin taps into a rich range of sources - childhood and her own life world, Greek and Roman mythology, opera, popular culture and more. Also, techniques and media count in plural. Weglin works in enamel, embroidery, bronze and other sculptural materials, watercolour, collage and several graphic techniques. The art of Weglin is many-sided, versatile and engages several fronts. Weglin is not a straight realist, is consistently expressive, performing in a key that is equally burlesque as it is austere, harsh and garish, brutal and tender. At the centre of attention is the human countenance and human figure, through the portrait, and through imaging situations, scenes, and stories, both allegorical and real.

Website. www.britaweglin.se

Mats Wikström (b. 1954, Stockholm), lives and works in Luleå

Mats Wikström, Monument över Erik Norberg till min systers gårdsplan i Långsjöby
Mats Wikström, Monument över Erik Norberg till min systers gårdsplan i Långsjöby

Wikström's artistic practice generates objects, sculptures and assemblages. With wood as primary material, Wikström combines found objects, both natural and man-made, into new configurations or constellations, sometimes with slight modifications, sometimes simply as found. The resulting objects and assemblages are playful, sardonic, humorous, drastic and caustic. Wikström's art is rooted in notions of the colloquial, folk or amateur as well as chance components. Wikström is also a musician and a curator, having curated two extensive projects on the "folk art" tradition of Norrbotten.



Website. www.mats-wikstrom.com

Anja Örn/ Tomas Örn (Rat and Dragon), live and work in Luleå

Rat and Dragon, Ljustorn
Rat and Dragon, Ljustorn
Anja Örn & Tomas Örn is an artist duo that works with extensive projects exploring the cultural, industrial/post-industrial and colonial landscape of the north. Their projects follow and articulate both the use and the perception of the land, cultural practices including architecture as well as mental models and values attached to the land. Anja Örn works also extensively with public commissions, often site-specific and context-based, linking to the near environment and its history. Together with Sara Edström and Therese Engström, she runs Galleri Syster in Luleå.

Website. http://ratdragonproduction.se