Artist statement

In my video, photo, text and performance based projects I investigate various incarnations of the artist as adventurer, investigator and researcher, in order to develop an artist's role for a female flaneur on a global arena, depicting how a society increasingly concerned with representation, performativity and dissemination of images affects concepts of art and autenthicity, as well as the ongoing creolization of cultural industry and the art world. My practice involves questions of the objecitfying gaze at the/each other in film and photography, in alternating power constellations, particularly with focus on gender issues. I relate to the method of "participatory observation", but transcend it when I manipulate reality through performative, social interventions in documentary situations. I also struggle with the ethical and moral borders of what I am allowed to do in the name of art.

Short bio

Sonia Hedstrand is a Swedish artist who works with video, photography, text and performance. Currently researching for the new project Life in 2.5 dimensions, on emotional, aestethic and performative labour in Tokyo, Japan. Alumn from Whitney Independent Study Program, New York, 2012. Master in Fine Arts from the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm 2011. Takes part in several artist run initiatives and collaborations such as Nollywood Hustlers, The Drinking Brothers, The Unsecurity Principle and 0s+1s Collective. Freelancing writer in the essay format, as well as a teacher and lecturer in video, photo and text based art, feminist perspectives and political activism at several art schools and universities in Sweden and abroad.