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Line Skywalker Karlström

Born: 1971
Nationality: Swedish
Based in: Germany
Media: Cross Discipline, Photography, Sculpture / Installation, Sound / Performance
Content: Gender, Immaterial, Spiritual, Political

Line Skywalker Karlström (b. 1971) is a Swedish/Danish visual artist based in Berlin. She received an MFA from The Royal Art Academy, Copenhagen and Trondheim Academy of Fine Art in 2006.

Line S. Karlströms work investigates production of space, identity and power and unfolds in many different medias – sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, collage, performance, photography. In common for her works is that they rest on structures of performance, and structures of the ritual and liminal. Crucial is also a formal interest in materiality and a concern with the immediate syntax of materials.

Karlström politicizes the relationship between bodies (her own, other bodies, the collective experience, art history) and various spaces – public space and the art institution to mention some. She often enters in front of a familiar picture or cultural position, or an actual historical work of art, with her body or with an object, hence disrupting the common production of meaning.

Line S. Karlström was a collective member of the feminist performance group High Heel Sisters 2002-2007 and was a founding member of the artist activist group The YES! Association between 2005-2010. Recently her work has been in feautured at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Moderna Museet Malmö, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Västerås Konstmuseum, Västerås and Akademie der Künste, Berlin. Recent solo presentations are I Am the Measure, Traneudstillingen, Gentofte, Denmark and Jenny Grönvall & Line S. Karlström, Vita Kuben, Norrlandsoperan, Umeå in Sweden. She has exhibited and performed at - among may other places, Cirkulationscentralen, Malmö, Den Frie Center of Contemporary Art and GOLOSS, Copenhagen, Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, KIASMA, Helsinki, Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg, Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm, ICA, London, Machinenhaus, Essen and Co-Co, Vienna.

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IN ABSENCE BODIES PRESENT - NOTHING BUT CUNTEMPORARIES ALLOWED (detail), 2014, text - a play based on a play by Gertrude Stein; In the Prescent, and performative photography, b/w offset print, 42 x 60 cm, multiple, in Regibemærkninger, curated by Huskegruppen, Mønstings Hus, Frederiksberg, Denmark. Collective reading in the seminar Failure, un-doing and the subversive, a conversation on failure as an artistic strategy with Iris Smeds, Ellen Suneson, Jenny Grönvall, Julia Björnberg and Line Skywalker Karlström, Cirkulationscentralen, Malmö, 2014.

IN ABSENCE BODIES PRESENT - NOTHING BUT CUNTEMPORARIES ALLOWED (detail), 2014, text - a play based on a play by Gertrude Stein; In the Prescent, and performative photography, b/w offset print, 42 x 60 cm, multiple, in Regibemærkninger, curated by Huskegruppen, Mønstings Hus, Frederiksberg, Denmark. Collective reading in the seminar Failure, un-doing and the subversive, a conversation on failure as an artistic strategy with Iris Smeds, Ellen Suneson, Jenny Grönvall, Julia Björnberg and Line Skywalker Karlström, Cirkulationscentralen, Malmö, 2014.

Haus der Naturen der Welt - All good things are wild and free, 2014, text, collage; offset print; 3 x 29,7 x 42 cm, ed. 200 ex., glasses with colored lenses, a performativ walk in Tiergarten, Berlin. In collaboration with artist Kajsa Dahlberg. 'Returning to sender - Ladies Program', Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. We walk at night in order to see better.

Haus der Naturen der Welt - All good things are wild and free, 2014, text, collage; offset print; 3 x 29,7 x 42 cm, ed. 200 ex., glasses with colored lenses, a performativ walk in Tiergarten, Berlin. In collaboration with artist Kajsa Dahlberg. 'Returning to sender - Ladies Program', Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. We walk at night in order to see better.

The body that escaped from home and followed the lines of desire with its gaze, 2014, performance, 45 minutes, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2014

If this seems so clearly the case with grief, it is only because it was already the case with desire, 2013, performance; duration 50 minutes, Skovgaardsmuseet, Viborg, Denmark, within - and in response to, the exhibition Body Time.

Lee Sky Gives Dora Maar Her Face Back, 2012, performance; duration 6 hours, SUPERSURREALISM, Moderna Museum, Malmö, Sweden