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Sister Forest
Becoming Landscape
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Juanma González, Botkyrka

Juanma González is a Spanish artist who works and lives in Alby, Botkyrka Kommun. For 8 years, his research interests have been concerned with the act of walking as a practice for artistic production. Interested in the idea of normality in everyday contexts, he creates situations where new meaning can arise. Walking becomes a device to explore the environment and gather people in participation-based activities and meaningful meetings. He began his art career after studing photography at Universidad Europea (Madrid, 1999). In 2016, Juanma received his MFA from Kungl. Konsthögskolan. His art education has continued through postgraduate courses: Research_LAB at KKH (2017), "Sites and Situations" at Konstfack (2018), “Site and Participant” at Dramatiska Högskolan (2020) and The Photographic Artist’s Book: Performing sustainability" at KKH (2022). Also he uses his walking practice as a teaching tool. For Kungl. Konsthögskolan, he has coordinated and led two workshops for students and professors: one workshop-trip to Madrid in 2019 and one day-workshop inspired by studiecirkel in 2020.

Studio: 3
Dates: Feb 1-30

Malga Kubiak

Malga Kubiak is quite a legend. She is a poet, writer, performance artist, musician and independant film-maker. 

Her impact on cultural life in Gothenburg in the 1980’s was immense.  To mentiontion a few of her projects from that time DS Art Ensemble, MissMess and GBG Poetry Art Festival. 

Kubiak is educated in Sweden and Japan ( 1974 Sweden Performance School at Yoshio Nakajima, 1975 Valand Konstskola.  She is not only influenced by the aura around Saint Marks in New York she was part of creating it.

Kubiaks works have been screened at a number of legendary places since the mid 90s  among them Anthology Film Archives in New York City.

She has created more than 40 personal independent films and published a handful of books among them OMS (One Man Show) 2022.

During her stay at AiR BKN Kubiak will be filming, turning segments of her published work into audio files and later in the year do a Public Festival on Feb 25th.


2015 Polar Bear from Tupilak (Scandinavian LGBTHTQ Organization) for movies of last decade on LGBT Icons. 

2015 Public Award for PPPasolini & PPPasolini Epilog at Warsaw LGBT Film Festival Poland 

On public screening sites her works have in some cases  been censored.

In Collections: 

Malga Kubiak The Ego Trip at MoMa, Moderna Museet Stockholm, Film Form Stockholm, Valand Library VHS, Anthology Film Archives - Umatic, Easy TV Los Angeles - U'matic

Dates: Last week February

Studio: 11 & Project space

PUBLIC PROGRAM @ BKN during 2023 : 


Screenings and readings (with audience, and web cast) >>>

Hosted by Björkö Konstnod SWEDEN. 


Private Death of Lizzy Siddal (2021) 1h45min

IMDB >>>

V'inci (2022) 2h5min.

Readings & Official book release Sweden


Art Mess special invitation (some acccommodation can be arranged)

Date to be announced
Lucia Joyce & Flappers 2h17m) private screening due to  premiere (LGBT Filmfestival Poland 2023 April Warszawa Kinoteka), Feb 24th

Marina Pugina, Berlin/St Petersburg

An independent curator, art manager, and researcher of local art communities. She usually works with contemporary art archives, various forms of artistic self-runs, modes of temporal collectivity, and co-participation.

This is my fourth visit to Stockholm, the first was five years ago when I was involved in participating in the Supermarket Art Fair with one of our artist's self-run, then I returned a year later for the EUNIC residency program for young curators at Tensta Konsthall with Maria Lind and it was quite a dive into the local art scene. The last time I was here was in 2019, so I'm very excited to be able to come and see everyone again and make new connections and contacts.

Grant: SWAN

Jan 23-April 23

Studio: 1

Public Presentation: TBA


Patricio Salinas, Björkö/Stockholm

Periodistacultural,fotógrafo,crítico,curador.Trabaja entre Estocolmo, Barcelona y Santiago de Chile. Ha sido publicado en medios como Dagens Nyheter, Aftonbladet y ETC en Suecia; La Vanguardia en Barcelona; y Clarín en Buenos Aires,entre otros. Photographer, critic, curator and cultural journalist. He works between Stockholm, Barcelona and Santiago de Chile. His work has been published, in the cultural pages of Aftonbladet, Dagens Nyheter, ETC, in Sweden, La Vanguardia of Barcelona and Clarin of Buenos Aires, among others. 

Cultural journalist, photographer, critic, curator. He works between Stockholm, Barcelona and Santiago de Chile. He has been published in outlets such as Dagens Nyheter, Aftonbladet and ETC in Sweden; La Vanguardia in Barcelona; and Clarín in Buenos Aires, among others. Photographer, critic, curator and cultural journalist. He works between Stockholm, Barcelona and Santiago de Chile. His work by him has been published, in the cultural pages of Aftonbladet, Dagens Nyheter, ETC, in Sweden, La Vanguardia of Barcelona and Clarin of Buenos Aires, among others.

Patricio Salinas is the head of Björkö Darkrooms located at BKN >>>

Dates: Jan 18 -Feb -28

Studio: 11

Public Presentation: TBA

Anna Viola Hallberg, Stockholm

Anna Viola Hallberg's work - as an artist and curator - interacts with specific communities, while addressing social or political contingencies and by this, taking on a critical stance towards public space/sphere an in the process relating to existential matters for the indiviualas as well as through society.

Hallberg's artistic practice is informed by the notion of in-betweenness, as personal experience and geopolitical position. Her methodology in the immersive space-narrations of video, sound, photography, and text brings forward a discussion on the documentary of experience, remembrance, and emotions rendering collective memory/affect and the work for social justice.

Hallberg's practice, based on dialogical aesthetics, explores the relationships between embodiment/experience and audiovisuality, spatiality and time, through discursive and immersive video-based installations. She works with subordinate thematics from a documentary point of departure focusing on experiences and emotions. At times connecting the material with archival discoveries.

Hallbergs project at Björkö interacts with the work and life of René Malais and is supported by KC Öst.

Hallberg is the curator for AiR BKN and HYBRID by BKN.

Dates: Jan 23 - Feb 28

Studio: 35
Public Presentation: TBA

Ami Skånberg Dahlstedt, Brännö/Stockholm

Has a  PhD in Dance from University of Roehampton, UK, is a performer, choreographer, filmmaker and teacher. She is the current Head of the Master’s programme in Dance Education at the Stockholm University of the Arts, and also works at Academy of Music and Drama at University of Gothenburg. Ami has co-chaired the Nordic Summer University Study Circle of Artistic Research with Dr Lucy Lyons. She is a member of the Peer Review board of Journal of Artistic Research. Ami often creates stage work (solo, and collaborative) based on her embodied life story in a particular theme. Ami makes dance films and documentaries about dance. Her debut film won an honorary mention at VidéoDanseGrandPrix in Paris 1995. She walks slowly as a ceremonial, subversive act thanks to her studies with Nishikawa Senrei and work with Japanese dance in Kyoto since 2000. Her research interests are practice-led and concern gender codified movement practice, non-hierarchical processing of global dance techniques, and auto-ethnographic accounts from within the practice.

Jan 31 - Feb 7, 20-26 feb
Studio 35

Derek Oliver, Stockholm

I  am predominantly a landscape painter, using acrylic on hardboard and hardback book covers. I am drawn to the woodlands, copses, plantations and other tree configurations of my surrounding area: Björkhagen, Nackareservatet, Ältafältet but also further afield: Värmland, Skåne, Gotland and my native Scotland also feature in my work. I am interested in our relationship with the woodland and how it has developed: as a source of fuel, a hunting ground, the many symbols, the mystery and memory, and how it continues to affect our collective subconscious. We are consistently trying to understand what the forest is. I aim to interpret the impression, the experience of landscape without trying to impose a pre-conceived order upon it.I see myself in the modern landscape tradition of Beckmann, Nolde and Kirchner and in Sweden by Åke Pallarp and Hans Viksten. My aim at the Björkö Konstnod residency is to continue to experiment with landscape painting, to develop ideas of simplification of form and palette, to seek out the beauty and mystery in the familiar yet universal landscape.

Feb 5 (2 weeks)

Studio: 11 

Anna-Lena Moberg, Stockholm and Luleå

My first visit to Björkö Konstnod in October 2021 as an Artist in Residence was a very intense, creative and productive visit, and my work developed in a new direction. Meeting people in the house and experiencing the surrounding nature was very inspiring. In February 2022 I had the pleasure to return and continue my work for two weeks, and I am glad to return yet again.

I am an abstract painter, working with acrylics, mixed media and collages with acrylics as a base. The process is of great importance to me. Ideas come easily, and I work intuitively, which is risky but surprising - and that excites and motivates me. Sometimes I work quite expressively with colour, form, contrast and rhythm in focus, and other times with more methodical and mindful repetitions which turn into a series of variation on the same motif.

At the moment I am working on some kind of reconstruction; cutting old paintings to pieces and using them in new contexts and constellations. I recycle, remake and remix my own work. One of my current themes is dresses where the dress is allowed to become something new by taking on a more abstract shape.

I have shown my works in art galleries and museums, juried group exhibitions, and I have also had some solo shows.

Feb 2-16

Studio: 5/35


Louise Shaw,  Henley on Thames

I am a multi-disciplinary artist based in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, UK.

Working across made objects, site-specific installation, sound and video I choose the medium as a vehicle best suited for travelling the terrain of an idea. Each medium invites different ways of exploring, an experiential process that embraces a less linear, more holistic perception and learning that evolves through the making.

Creating site specific work, interactions and interventions, experiences for people to bump into outside of the gallery confines, is increasingly important in my practice.

Driven by curiosity, threads that connect my work weave through ecologies and natures; human, non-human and the complexities of relationships in between. A touch existential I guess.

Sensitivity to environment and site are vital to my process. Ideas grow from an intimate sensory encounter with place or time.

Whilst at Bjorko Konstnod I plan to take full advantage of extended time away from day to day and the dominant influence of man, to be a speck in the landscape - to just be. To open up my senses, dig deeper into the stuff of the place. To work with what’s there - the aqua, flora, fauna, twilight, the cold and time.


Studio 11

Dates: Dec-Jan

Jan Wallyn, Brussels

Jan Wallyn (33) was 8 years old when they met their first love: sound. As a teenager, they translated their classical music training into digital music production. After a decade of combining both musical and choreographic practice, Jan started focussing on sound design.
At age 24, they started at the open art-house Zinnema as artistic director, later as general director.

Eight years later, Jan quit their position at the Brussels based arts house, and decided to devote their time on where it all began: sound.
Throughout the last years they’ve been making sound sculptures starting from a very simple prompt, processing sounds and non-musical recordings to their essence and create musical language with them.

Jan will be making a sonic portrait of Björkö: “I want to start a series of sound sculptures of different places in the world. Björkö is a very interesting environment for me to have my first research and practice to create a series of geographical sound sculptures. Its rural location and history as a fishing island is something I want to capture sonically. Conversations with locals, recordings of nature, human activity, and its silence are all inspiring triggers to me. The results can sometimes be meditative, sometimes visceral, other times rhythmical. The goal is to create a sonic exhibition.”

Studio 1

Dec 19 2022 to Jan 12 2023

Katarzyna Łukasiewicz

Katarzyna Łukasiewicz is a polish photographer, anthropologist, culture animator, and educator. Her projects have usually a documentary approach. She's interested in human and socio-cultural environments and often uses anthropology in her research. She graduated from Polish National Film School in Łódź, Polish Culture Institute and Pedagogy Faculty at Warsaw University.

In black and white medium format analog photography and analog prints, I would like to work with the subject of silence. According to the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, through silence, and in silence, it is possible to achieve a complete image of the song of life. Silence shows what is present and what is absent, what is covered and what is uncovered. I would like to picture and reflect on silence in the surroundings: landscapes, human gestures, and objects. I have chosen the theme of silence, which I would like to explore precisely in the country and society known for silence, solitude, and the smell of trees.

Simultaneously, being in the place where forest meats sea, I will also experiment with the painting and subject of landscape.

Scott Hunter, Scotland

Scott Hunter is a visual artist and researcher operating in the environmental humanities who adopts a phenomenological approach to studying the landscape. Intrigued by ecological resistance and intelligence, his current project focuses on how nature reclaims barren landscapes and the ecologies that emerge in post-industrial sites. Integrating photographic fieldwork with camera-less imagery, he works with site-specific materials to provide deeper insight into the entanglements between humans, materiality, and the environment.

Recent project Am I The Wasteland? formed part of his MFA in Contemporary Art Practice at Edinburgh College of Art, receiving the FEUVA award for outstanding student work and awarded with a solo exhibition at the esteemed Summerhall venue in Edinburgh. Pushing the boundaries of photography, his research explores the aesthetic and scientific importance of visually representing the Anthropocene.

Comprising experimental photography, soil chromatography, and found objects from the landscape, his fieldwork draws from astute observations of the local terrain. Recent projects include recording increased precipitation directly onto photosensitive paper, scientific photographic representations of soils, and utilising organic matter -like mosses and algae- to make analogue photo developers.

Working directly with raw materials, Scott considers the origin of each material and their symbiotic relationships within the construction of images. By embedding the materiality of the landscape into the work, he asks whether a photographic practice can mediate between industrial and ecological activities.

During his time at BKN, Scott will conduct a site-specific investigation of the surrounding area, combining photographic fieldwork with soil chromatography and in-situ cameraless work using materials sourced ethically from the landscape. The study elaborates on his current Darkroom Ecology project that explores nature-based solutions to harmful chemicals used in analogue photography. By utilising the residency's darkroom facilities, he intends to expand this process beyond black and white negatives to include wet prints. In addition, he will replace silver-containing fixers with saltwater to provide a non-toxic alternative to the disposal of heavy metals in water systems.

To complement this research, Scott's Darkroom Pedology project builds a library of soil chromatograms from diverse sites to enable comparison between areas
considered pristine; and those deemed contaminated. In Björkö, he will extend the library to include pioneer species -such as lichens, mosses, and algae- to broaden our awareness of how ecological successions may emerge in such landscapes and develop into climax communities(forests) through time. Fascinated by the relationship between the wilderness of the forest and the agency of the sea, he will use his time at BKN residency to reflect, experiment with new fieldwork techniques, and develop a new body of work.

Studio: 3
Dates: Nov 19-Jan 31

Madeline McLinden, Baltimore 

Madeline McLinden (she/they) is a queer visual artist based in Baltimore, Maryland, United States, that works primarily with photography, filmmaking and text based artworks. They will be graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Film at the Maryland Institute College of Art in early December of 2022.

Madeline has received many scholarships and awards, some of which include the Leonard L. Grief Scholarship in both 2021 and 2022, The Netherwood/Riser Memorial Scholarship for Photography in 2022, and the GO-A Opportunity Award in 2022 to fund their summer internship with Guggenheim Fellow, Angelo Madsen Minax, to assist with production of his new film in San Francisco, California. Madeline has also had their short documentary film, DO US PART, premiere at the MICA-JHU Film Festival in 2022.

Their art practice centers around themes of documentation and archiving as well as the physical effects of the passing of time. They work with experimental methods such as shooting with expired film, creating light leaks and processing color film as black and white film and manipulating negatives in the darkroom.

During my residency at Air BKN, I plan on creating a new site specific project that delves into the intricacies of flesh and soil through a series of analog photographs of my human form and the landscape. The soil in Björkö, Sweden is overflowing with history. I plan to learn more about the soil, land and water of Björkö, Sweden in order to guide my artistic approach of using found elements of nature. Through using my body as a vessel to become closer to the sea and forest, I will also manipulate my film negatives. I am my art and my art is me, thus I plan to take my negatives and immerse them in the land and water, just as I will do with my own body.

Where the sea meets the forest, I would like to come alive again. To mold my body into the earth. I want to dig my feet and fingers into soil and smell the deep fresh blue water. I want to merge with the forest green. I want to connect back to mother nature. I want her to plant roots in my soul.


Studio:  5 + 35

Dates: Dec 19 2022 - Jan 21 2023



We look forward to explore having interns. If you want to apply  send introduction to 


Anna Viola Hallberg, artist/curatorBKN Fellow: Curator, board member
Patricio Salinas, photographer, project coordinator and technical development darkrooms
Åsa Öhrn, artist, PROD BKN, board member
Naomi Nowak, artist PROD BKN, board member
Derek Oliver
, artist/writer PROD BKN 

Konstnärer/Artists 2022 >>>

Konstnärer/Artists 2021  >>>

Konstnärer/Artists 2020  >>>

For exhibitions >>>

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