Swedish Embassy

2010/06/17

Collective reading at The Swedish Embassy
Collective reading of ” It Is Swedish Perfect” at The Swedish Embassy in London, 17 June 2010. Curated by Niklas Laustiola.

For the third and last term of my first year on the MFA Fine Art course at Goldsmiths College, London. We were given the task of using the concept of curation; used in the broadest of terms, to produce a creative ”exhibit” or presentation of our own or someone else´s work. I decided to work with the theme, that I liked to call, ”Lost in Translation”, about the quite general, but always relevant notion of the clash/meeting of different cultures. In relation to this theme I immidiately thought of Ulrika Gunnarsdotter’s piece from 2009 ”It is Swedish perfect”, a 24-day art project, where she and Serbian designer Magdalena Klasnja collaborated to make new folk costumes for three former Yugoslavians now living in Sweden. ”It is Swedish perfect” consists of a book with correspondence, notes, interviews and photographs and deals with the reality of collaboration, the trials and tribulations of creative process most importantly it deals with the question of identity, mainly in regards to national/cultural identity. For my curated presentation seminar I therefore thought that it would be fun for my group to make a journey onto Swedish soil i.e. The Swedish Embassy in London. Where we would have a collective reading, in silence, of Ulrika´s book. We would simply ”travel” to Sweden , ”view” a piecee of art by a Swedish artist and then return. It would be a shared action but everyone around the table would naturally have a completely different experience. An important aspect of the curation was also to have a Swedish ”fika” with kanelbullar (cinnamon buns) afterwards.

Niklas Laustiola, London, 22 June 2010.

Writings and Observations

2010/01/05

Writings and Observations, 7 Nov- 13 March 2010, >Botkyrka Konsthall
Participating in Writings and Observations an exhibition focuses on writing as a way to influence history and how we view the world. Unusual variety of artist’s books is presented, but also text and audio art works which relate to writing.

Fashionwalk Stockholm

2009/08/29

Fashionwalk Stockholm
Exhibition produced by Fashionplay at Stationshuset, Norra Bantorget in Stockholm.
29th – 30th of August 2009. >Fashionplay

Fashionwalk Stockholm presents a new generation of fashioncreators who work in the borderlands between fashion and art. The aim of the exhibition and the walk is to bring to attention those designers and artists who don’t work with traditional collections but who rather focus on the artistic process. All this in shape of an installation, avant garde-clothing, sculpture, video, and experiments in form.

Book Launch

2009/08/19

Book launch for “It is Swedish Perfect” by Ulrika Gunnarsdotter, Labyrint Press. Time: Saturday, August 29:th, 2009. 3:00pm Place: “Kyrkan”, Idungatan 4B, Stockholm. Drink: Ward Wines. Music: The New Age. DJ: Anders Svensson. Guest: Magdalena Klasnja. Host: Friendly Matters

Alter/Mode

2009/05/30

Alter/Mode: A world in between: fashion beyond clothes
Seminar: Fashion beyond clothes

Lördag, 30 May, 2009
10:00 –18:00
Arkitekturmuseet
Language: Swedish
Entrance: 50 kr

Participating lecturers: Tomas Rajnai, Andrea Ayala Closa, Bogomir Doringer, Ingrid Giertz Mårtensson, Jelena Rundqvist, Ninna Berger, Sofia Hedman, Camilla Larsson, Ulrika Gunnarsdotter, Gustaf Von Arbin, Ida Sjöstedt, Magnus Ericksson, Sarah Törnkvist, Richard Julin > Alter/Mode

Movie Night

2009/01/18

Welcome to a movie night Wednesday January 28:th 2009, 5-7 pm at Tensta Konsthall, and watch the result from two of the Wednesday special workshop:
The Heat Is on under the leading of artist Ulrika Gunnarsdotter

Workshop at Tensta Konsthall

2008/11/01

Workshop at Tensta Konsthall November 19:th 2008. Please join the remake of The Beverly Hills Cop intro. Time 5pm- 7pm.>Tensta Konsthall

The New Folk Costume

2008/10/17

Temporary workplace for Magdalena Klasnja and Ulrika Gunnarsdotter.
17-24:th of October 2008 at Bim Café, Karlbergsvägen 43, Stockholm.

The New Folk Costume
Project description

In the collaborative project “The New Folk Costume” costume designer
Magdalena Klasnja (Belgrade) and artist Ulrika Gunnarsdotter
(Stockholm) will produce three fashion outfits together. The models,
people from the former Republic of Yugoslavia who are now Swedish
citizens, are themselves the main source of reference for these
outfits. Their individual stories and history will function as a
starting point, or guide, from which individual garments will be made,
investigating concepts of old and new identity, combined with feelings
connected to these. Based on this, each of the two artists will choose
a colour to work with during a period of seven days. The process and
outcome will be documented through a fashion shoot with the models
outdoors, and put in a book that will be launched in 2009.

Costume Design

2008/09/01

Costume design for Distant Land. Shooting of the feature film Distant Land in August 2008. Set in the surroundings of Fårö Distant Land captures the heritage of Ingmar Bergman through the eyes of today.>Dolly Pictures