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New dissertation in artistic practice

News: Aug 11, 2016

The doctoral project´s introductory book Queer Community through Photographic Acts opens up to three entrances into this artistic research project: Photography, Queer and the Artworks. Through photography and feminist theory, the book discusses the artworks abilities, and failures, to create community at different stages of the work: in the process of making and when they have been exhibited. The book provides a range of new perspectives on how a controversial subject may be approached through artistic work.

The installation State of Mind constitutes the research project’s central contribution. It is made in collaboration with the artist Anna Viola Hallberg, and the artist’s common endeavor to exhibit in the post-Soviet region as well as other contexts is an important element of the project. The final work At the Time of the Third Reading/ Во время третьего чтения is a series of photographs taken at a Russian women’s camp - an event that happened to coincide with the State duma’s third decisive reading of the legal bill leading to the legislation that forbids information on “non-traditional sexual orientations” given to minors. This last work is presented as photographic art objects and in the form of a book. A comprehensive image selection is reproduced in the book together with interviews and essays by Russian activists. The book is in English and Russian.

Queer Community through Photographic Acts and At the Time of the Third Reading/Во время третьего чтения were published by Art and Theory publishing. State of Mind is part of Gotheburg Art Museum’s permanent collection since 2016. The dissertation exhibition State of Mind – Queer lives in Russia is shown at The Musuem of World Culture in Gothenburg, Sweden, until September 4.

The dissertation is part of the artistic research at Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg. Annica Karlsson Rixon is an internationally active artist and lecturer.


Friday August 26, 2016, 2 pm
Museum of World Culture, Södra Vägen 54, Gothenburg
Respondent: Annica Karlsson Rixon

Related links

Download the introductory book 
Queer Community through Photographic Acts
State of Mind - Queer Lives in Russia
Annica Karlsson Rixon.


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