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. It has entailed studio visit, programing of residency studios, making a number of events with the local communities, exhibitions, strategic development and curatorial lead. Built relation with arts organizations nationally and internationally.
Björkö Konstnod was established in 2022 in two former school buildings at Björkö in the Northern Stockholm Archipelago. During the first two years it has been a home away from home for more than 60 artists. 


Among the many projects Exhibition practice:
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.  


THE SEA THAT SURROUNDS US >>>

The archipelago as a site for contemporary art with focus on ocean literacy.

HYBRID >>>

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.

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.


BIO - ANNA VIOL HALLBERG

Hallberg is the in-house curator and founder of the art center BKN in the Northern Stockholm Archipelago (se). Her curatorial practice in Sweden includes; ”The Sea That Surrounds Us” , Bygdegårdarna Stockholm (2022), ”Distancio”, Region Jönköping (2017-21), ”CityArtLab” (2010-11) and ”Mural 2012” (2011-2012), Mariestad, CityArtLab - Minsk”, Belarus (2011). In addition she co-formed the micro institution AVIEW to tour the installation ”State of Mind” for 10 years (Sweden, Russia, Belarus, Austria and US). Agency and public assess are focuses as well as art in rural areas and small towns.
The video based installations have been shown as solo or duo exhibitions in post Soviet States, US, Mexico, Austria and Sweden in addition to screenings and group shows. Her installation works have been funded by several municipal and regional arts grants in Sweden as well as by The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Swedish Institute, Barbro Osher Foundation etc.  Artist residencies include Nifca/ProArte (Saint Petersburg, 2005), Region Jönköping/Vandalorum center for Art and Design (Värnamo, 2014) and SWAP/SPACES (Cleveland 2015).
She has held numerous presentations among them at School of Photography in Moscow (RU), Södertörn, Gothenburg, and Karlstad University, University of California at Berkley and at academic art conferences in Lisbon, Los Angeles, Berkley, Warsaw, Gothenburg and Stockholm. Hallberg is a graduate from Stockholm Film School and holds a B.A in Curatorial and Cinema Studies from Stockholm Uni (2003) and a Msc in International Museum Studies, Gothenburg Uni, (2006)


STATEMENT - ANNA VIOL HALLBERG


My works are time and site sensitive, they insert disruptions in dominant narratives. The method is often research oriented, situating a select group or topic to intervene in a process to dismantle social or geopolitical contingencies. It does not explore objectivity as a philosophical reason, but is based in responsiveness to personal and collective testimonies and set in context to other pre-negotiated narratives to create new discursive contexts. In this essence I see art as a site for elasticity, for critical dialogues, for doubt, for attempts for re-establishing a sense of direction or rhythm to disengage with conformity.

I see my practice as a critical tool to reveal covert layers in society and explore the dimension of art as a reflective ground for consciousnesses of shared space and resources, from a vantage point committed to society a public entity. The works include thorough research and are presented in art installations with fluid and multiple ways of interpretation. Photography, video, sound and text are used for installations or interventions.


My curatorial practice is based on interpersonal skills and critical thinking on society where the art is a laboratory for trying new perspectives and through this, perhaps, move boundaries and barriers. Central is the approach of everyday life and the rendering of collective memory and social justice topics. My work as artist/curator are socially and politically engaged. Often the duration of works stretch over several years commitment.