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Photography & Feminist Agency: A Symposium in Memory of Tuija Lindström + Visit to "Next to the Ocean" at Röda Sten Konsthall


Tuija Lindström (1950-2017) played a pivotal role in Swedish photography during the 1990s - a time when new critical perspectives and practises were introduced. She was appointed professor at the Photography School in Gothenburg 1992 and became the first woman in that position. It was a field dominated by men, and where ideas and ideals about masculinity defined the identity of the photographer. Through her own artistic practice and her position as professor and teacher she contributed strongly to redefining and moving the photographic scene in a postmodern direction. This shift was to a large extent influenced by feminist theories and practices, and Tuija Lindström became an import role model and inspiration for coming generations of photographers.

The symposium will highlight Tuija Lindström's work and the historical context of the 1990s. It also has a forward looking approach and the discussion will focus on what the important and critical questions are today, and how to act to make a difference. The keynote speakers are: photographer and artist Elina Brotherus (Finland/France), curator and activist Giulia Casalini (Italy/UK) and artist, model and photographer Arvida Byström (Sweden/USA).

Schedule for the day:
13.00-13.30 Introduction on Tujia Lindström by Niclas Östlind
13.30-14.15 Artist talk: Elina Brotherus
14.15-14.45 Break
14.45-15.30 Artist talk: Giulia Casalini
15.30-16.15 Artist talk: Arvida Byström
16.30-17.15 Panel discussion on Photography and Feminist Agency
17.30 Free buss to the exhibition "Next to the Ocean" at Röda Sten

The symposium and the buss to Röda Sten is free.

Please register at the link below.

Speaker bios:

Arvida Byström
Arvida Byström, the Swedish, selfie-stick obsessed, Instagram-native creates images that converse with our online identity and the tension between the pleasures and anxieties that surface through digital culture. Arvida's work exists within its own web language of pastels, flowers, selfies and pink USB cables. It reflects a culture that has intimated the internet as an extension of real life - pursuing relationships and friendships and building careers all without looking up from our screens.

Elina Brotherus
I only can acknowledge that work follows life. I made autobiographical self-portraits in the very beginning of my career when still in art school. At that time I simultaneously finished my previous university studies of chemistry and my first marriage. It was a major liberation on all fronts and it had to become visible in my photography. Then, for ten years, I did other things - I was interested in painting, the way artists look at their models and how to represent that in a picture. I was using myself as a model but the photos didn't talk about what was going on in my life. I was an image-maker, dealing with formal, visual and art-historical issues. Then I approached 40 and life got complicated and the autobiography sneaked in again. It wasn't anything I planned but I didn't push it back either. This is my strategy as an artist: to accept the pictures that need to happen.

Giulia Casalini
Giulia Casalini is an independent curator and producer based in London, holding an MA in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths University (London). Since 2012 she is the co-director of the non-profit arts organization CUNTemporary (Arts Feminism Queer), and producer of the multidisciplinary exhibition and live art programme Deep Trash, which has been running since 2014. She is also the founder of Archivio Queer Italia, the first platform for queer arts, theory and activism in Italy. She has been working for three years as exhibitions manager at Richard Saltoun Gallery (London), focusing on 70s avant-gardes. She has been nominated Live Art Associate UK for her on-going commitment to showcasing performance art, and in 2017 she was awarded on a year-long producers' residency at the Live Art Development Agency.
Giulia Casalini specialises in curating multidisciplinary exhibitions and events for institutions and alternative spaces, with a focus on live art and audience participation. Her curatorial practice engages with artists and work of a complex and challenging nature. Recent and upcoming projects include: Nadja Verena Marcin: Ophelia, Albumarte (Rome, forthcoming 2018); Transitional States: Hormones at the Crossroads of Art and Science (Project Space Plus, Lincoln; Peltz Gallery, London; Labs Gallery, Bologna; CCCB, Barcelona, 2017-2018); Cosí Fan Tutte, ArtVerona (Verona, 2016); organizational member for Now You Can Go (The Showroom; ICA; Space Studios; Raven Row, London, 2015); Teoremi Performance Festival, Villa Croce (Genoa, 2014); Transformer: Aspects of Travesty, Richard Saltoun Gallery (London, 2014).

Datum: 2018-05-12

Tid: 13:00 - 17:00

Kategorier: Konst

Arrangör: Akademin Valand

Plats: Akademin Valand, Vasagatan 50

Sista anmälningsdag: 2018-05-11 kl. 12:00.

Kontaktperson: Stefan Jensen

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