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Valand Transforms Vasagatan 33 into an Art Gallery

News: Mar 13, 2015

Artists outside of Vasagatan 33. Photographer: Pär Fridén, 2015.

21 master's students at Valand Academy have transformed an apartment building at Vasagatan 33 into a unique gallery space for their thesis exhibitions. 2015 marks the first time that these exhibitions are presented at the same time, in the same location.

Thesis Exhibitions: Valand15
MFA Photography & MFA Fine Art
Vasagatan 33, Gothenburg, Sweden
Opening on March 27 at 16-21

When the doors open at Vasagatan 33 on Friday, March 27th, the public will be invited in to experience 21 separate thesis exhibitions, showing the work of students from the Valand Academy's international master’s programmes in Photography and in Fine Art.

The artists, who come from Iran, Canada, Denmark, Romania, Iceland, Nepal, Finland, USA, Sweden, Jamaica, Norway and the UK, finish their studies at Valand Academy this summer. Denise L. Mellion, the exhibition coordinator, comments on the students' work;
- The exhibitions provide a multicultural group of artists the opportunity to make an individual statement. Expectations are running sky high here at Valand.

Denise L. Mellion further explains that the students have created their own website for the exhibition and are conducting a digital campaign highlighting an artist each day. By being active on social media, they are already engaging with the public whilst still in the process of creating their work and this adds to the anticipation.

Experience the Works of 21 Emerging Artists

Valand Academy supports the education of a significant amount of new artists to graduate nationally each year – providing a platform for the future of art in Sweden and beyond. The thesis exhibitions explore some of today's most compelling issues – including marginalization, migration, the environment, identity, conflict, economies, sanctions, and heritage.

These exhibitions reflect a diversity of practices expressing themselves through various forms such as video and sound installation, sculpture, painting, print, photography, collage, drawing, textiles, and performance – practices that reflect the multifaceted nature of contemporary art.

Alanna Lynch, master's student in Fine Art, talks about her work using performance and different tactile materials;

- I am interested in how affects like fear and disgust are constructed, how they manifest within the aesthetics of the abject, how they are used and manipulated.
Another artist exhibiting is Jonas Esteban Isfält, master's student in Photography, who is interested in how images produce meaning, ideologies, political messages and identity.

- Photography is undergoing an interesting transition, both technically and ideologically, where we as image-makers are trying to find new ways to analyze the photograph and discuss how we relate to visual culture, he says.


The thesis exhibitions provide an exclusive opportunity to engage with the works of newly established artists with different perspectives and diverse forms of expression. Vasagatan 33 will be transformed into an art gallery and offers a unique opportunity for visitors to take part in contemporary art with an international dimension.

Guided tours in Arabic, Persian, Swedish (also for non-native speakers) and English are offered from 8-11 April. The tours are free and should be booked at least 48 hours in advance. Write to info@akademinvaland.gu.se and specify the desired language required.

Participating artists, MFA in Fine Art: Britt Anderson (USA), Johanna Arvidsson (Sweden), Kanchan Burathoki (Nepal), Matilda Enegren (Finland), Azadeh Esmaili Zaghi (Iran/Sweden), Mourl Ferryman (Jamaica/UK), Maria Gordana Belic (Sweden), Amanda Hart (USA), Laura Hatfield (Canada), Martin Hultén (Sweden), Tobias Kiel Lauesen (Denmark), Peter Kädergård (Sweden), Alanna Lynch (Canada), Bergthor Morthens (Iceland), Emelie Sjunnesson (Sweden), Andrei Venghiac (Romania).

Participating artists, MFA in Photography: Flemming Ove Bech (Denmark), Jonas Esteban Isfält (Sweden), Marie Helgesen (Norway), Stefan Jensen (Sweden), Hannah MacFarlane (UK).

Opening hours: Tuesdays from 12.00-21.00, Wednesdays-Fridays from 12.00-18.00, weekends from 12.00-18.00.

Online Invitation - feel free to share, no entrance fee!

For more information on opening hours, events, images and artist biographies, visit the artist group's website.

CONTACT: Paulin Nande, Communications Officer, paulin.nande@gu.se

Valand Academy: Artistic Practice in Film, Photography, Fine Art and Literature at the University of Gothenburg.


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