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Subject Description: Fine Art

Thesis Exhibition by Kirstine Lund. Photo: Thomas Schön, 2014.

At Valand Academy we encourage exploration of different ways of making art, different places and situations for placing the activity of art making, and the different publics that can be brought together by the making of art.

As far as we can, we try not to work with fixed ideas of what an art process should look like, or what kinds of material an artwork can be made from etc. Instead we place the emphasis on ideas, the art works and responses to and debates in the art world.

Critical thinking

Because people disagree about what art can be, and what art should do in society etc., critical thinking is part of what happens when we try to look at art closely or to make art. Artists have for several centuries produced lots of different ideas, and systems of critical thinking about art and about the world.

At Valand Academy we place an emphasis on the connections between different artworks and different ideas drawing upon the continuous international work of different artists and theorists. We also believe, that in fine art, it is always possible to develop new thinking and not just to repeat what others have already thought before us.

Context, Reflection and Theory

The contemporary art world is a very large and diverse system related to economics, politics, hierarchies of value, and distributions of power. Mapping and re-mapping the contexts of art is something that artists do in different ways. At Valand Academy we investigate tools that can be used to explore and critically analyse context and changes in the contexts of art practice.

Contact Information

Maddie Leach, Head of Fine Art Unit

Visiting Address:
Vasagatan 50

Page Manager: Paulin Nande|Last update: 10/28/2015
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