ANNA VIOLA HALLBERG
In the northern archipelago of Stockholm one finds the island Björkö, where artists and the local community initiated BKN studio spaces in 2020. Originally set out as a project to convert the former school into studios, it soon came to include a residence program, artist presentations, art education, screenings and exhibitions.
I see the first two years of Björkö Konstnod/BKN as a work of art (public and socially engaged) invested inorder to establish a site for artists to develop their practice. Where togetherness, sharing and care are the tokens towards establishing a safe space for artists to excel in. A complementing to the prestigious and competitively driven institutions. A transformative dynamic space for art engaging with aspects of life and nature through asymmetry entanglement beyond violence not-knowing desire nature responsibility deep listening and close seeing. From its core with studios on Björkö HYBRID extends sites indoors and outdoors on or off the island for public programs.
Björkö Konstnod was established in 2020 in two former school buildings at Björkö in the Northern Stockholm Archipelago. As from 2023 the art project has migrated in to a new phase during which I will continue to be the curatorial lead programing, lecture series, strategic development. For 2024 the work is focused on a collaboration with Michigan Tech.
PROJECTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH BKN
Studios for artists at risk. Program support from SWAN.
2022 on going
WALKING AS PRACTICE
Walking as practice is something that has been embedded in our program since the start. The open call for the fall of 2023 is the first time we dedicate a call to WALKING AS PRACTICE
Sept-Oct 2023 >>>
MALGA KUBIAK PERSONAL FILM FESTIVAL (MKPFF)
10 days of programming to celebrate filmmaker Malga Kubiak. Screenings and talks at BKN on Björkö and at cinema in Norrtälje.
Camp Malga is open for those of you who would like to join us and pitch your own tent in our yard to be able to fully participate in MKPFF. You will join us for communal meals, screenings, outings etc. Some of Malga Kubiaks crew will be present and it might be the ignite for a new Malga film.
MAGNITUDE PROGRAM >>>
Interventions weaves across different registers of time/site and draws from fieldwork on the island and embodied relations with nature. Fieldworks and seminars are jointly done to locate and entangle structures, narrative and forces. Towards forming an experience to continue to build individual projects up on.
Key words: asymmetry, entanglement, beyond violence, not-knowing, desire, nature, responsibility, deep listening, close seeing.Augusti-Sept 2022
THE SEA THAT SURROUNDS US >>>
The archipelago as a site for contemporary art with focus on ocean literacy.
ISLE OF BLISS >>>
Juliette Veckens och Lucas Brouwer. (fotografi+installation), NL/FR
Colby Smith (video), US
Anna-Lena Moberg (måleri), SE
Oona Hyland (grafik, IR
Yiwen Chen (installation), TW
Ying Yan Lau(fotografi) FR/HK
HEALING POWERS, SUPERMARKET >>>
At Supermarket HYBRID presents ”Healing Powers” (aka PUNK NATURE) drawing from slow resistance and counter publics towards healing powers. The works are by artists from Ireland Guatemala Usa Norway Russia The Netherlands Belgium and Sweden and are represented with: video/performance/photography/installation/sculpture/graphic art/painting.
OPEN STUDIOS, ARTIST TALKS, PANELS etc also took place during the two years More than 100 artists came to be with us at AiR BKN
A transformative dynamic space for art engaging with aspects of life and nature through asymmetry entanglement beyond violence not-knowing desire nature responsibility deep listening and close seeing.
From its core on Björkö HYBRID extends sites indoors and outdoors on or off the island.
A continuation of "Healing Powers" takes place late summer as a process based exploration ”Magnitude” with five artists on a grant made possible with collaboration from Swedish Arts Grants Committee and Region Stockholm.