May 18, 2016

2016 MFA and BFA exhibitions

Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm

Graphic design: Carolina Dahl, Sepidar Hosseini, Minna Sakaria, Moa Schulman.

The Royal Institute of Art, Kungl. Konsthögskolan (RIA) is pleased to present the 2016 spring exhibitions, Collect Yourself (MFA) and Kungl. Kandidatutställningen (BFA).

This year’s MFA graduates host Collect Yourself in the city center of Stockholm, at the pedestrian area between Konserthuset and Kulturhuset. Bachelor candidates exhibit at Mindepartementet Art & Photography and RIA, Skeppsholmen.

Also opening: Alpha–Beta, Mälsåker Revisited and Population 14 from RIA’s post-Master courses in Architecture; / See you soon, includingcurrent fine arts, exchange, and project students, professors, and others at the Royal Institute of Art, Skeppsholmen; and Photographic Artist’s Book 2016: Capture and Disseminate at Sergelgatan 8–10.

Footering Notes,fromMejan Residents, opens May 13–21 at Galleri Mejan, Skeppsholmen.

For further information and announcements, please visit the RIA website or contact Maria Almström, press officer.


Collect Yourself
2016 MFA exhibition–programme–publication

Collect Yourself, self-organised by 22 MFA graduates of the Royal Institute of Art, derives from cumulative conception rather than curation. The artists have filled a former shop in one of central Stockholm’s busiest commercial zones with their exhibition and programme of lectures, performances, discussions, and workshops. Their effort also inspired an autonomous, collectively-produced publication that addresses divergent notions of “the room.” Through group discussions, the room is explored in relation to its psychological connotations, particularly pertaining to intimacy.

How can a transitional moment of commencement be addressed collectively? Collect Yourself is about solidarity. It’s glue: independence and unity. Through installation, sculpture, painting, performance, video, photography, readings, talks, and workshops, the artists examine means of engaging one’s surroundings. It’s an opera, an extension, reality and common creativity, a kaleidoscope of scattered parts. Several students work with the specific site in mind. A window taken for an interface connects the public domain with the venue, inviting visitors to enter. It’s a call, a suggestion. On the ground floor, a small library introduces the exhibition. We are collecting ourselves. Below, the underground is activated not as a place to hide, but to grapple with conventions of display—from supposedly neutral to powerfully suggestive.

Exhibiting artists
Malou da Cunha Bang, Mattias Eliasson, Juanma González, Marcus Harrling, Jacob Holmberg, Ingrid Jansson, Marcus Jonsson, Marja Knape, Tomas Kominis Endresen, Emma LaMorte, Leonela Lilja, Liva Isakson Lundin, Tor-Finn Malum Fitje, Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Lucia Pagano, Anna-Karin Rasmusson, Jonas Roos, Linnea Rygaard, Karin Sahlin, Adam Shiu-Yang Shaw, Jonathan Terry, Greta Weibull

Advising professors: Donatella Bernardi; Eberhard Höll Producer: Petra Hultman

The publication Collect Ourselves is edited by the MFA graduates, designed by Carolina Dahl, Minna Sakaria, Moa Schulman and Sepidar Hosseini, with texts by the graduates and Vice-Chancellor Marta Kuzma. Edition of 1000.


Kungl. Kandidatutställningen
2016 BFA exhibition

Kungl. Kandidatutställningen concerns spatiality and materiality. Art critic Lars-Erik Lappalainen describes the exhibition as “the space that opens up between form and function, abstraction and the known, representation and material—a diversion from the place and plane where consensus regarding reality is reached.”

18 students present their thesis works, including sculpture, installation, video, machines, painting, and performance.

Exhibiting artists: Catalina Aguilera, Jonas Bentzer, Camilla Carlsen, Anna Engver, Fredrik Eriksson, Ida Idaida, Adèle Essle Zeiss, Alexander Hult, David Klasson, Lap-See Lam, Jin Mustafa, Karolina Oxelväg, Hilde Retzlaff, Samuel Richter, Emma Sangberg, Victoria Verseau, Axel Versteegh, Filippa Wikner

Advising faculty: Åsa Andersson Broms, Senior Lecturer; Olav Westphalen, Professor.

The publication text by Lars-Erik Hjertström Lappalainen is based on dialogues with the BFA candidates. Edition of 1000.


About the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm
The Royal Institute of Art is a leading institution of higher education located in Stockholm, offering undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Fine Arts and postgraduate studies in Architecture.

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