Artist Talk: Teresa Wennberg
Tuesday 28 March 2023
In the exhibition “Sleepless Nights – From the 1980s in the Moderna Museet collection”, floor 4
Entrance ticket to the museum is required, but it’s free to take part of the artist talk.
Pick up your free paper ticket for the talk at the information desk on the same day.
Contact: Karin Malmquist
Teresa Wennberg is a pioneer of video art in Sweden. In the five decades of her career so far, she has been abreast with technology, skilfully using advanced solutions such as virtual reality (VR) in her art.
Wennberg is one of the Nordic women artists who emerged in the 1980s and who are currently featured in the exhibition “Sleepless Nights – The 1980s in the Moderna Museet collection”. In fact, the name of the exhibition was inspired by her and Pierre Lobstein’s large sculptural video installation “Nuit blance” (1983).
“Nuit blanche” consists of 25 monitors showing a rapid flow of words and images. It can be said to presage our constant online presence and availability today. The literal translation of the title is “white night” – but the figurative meaning is “sleepless night”. The artist will talk to Katarina Wadstein MacLeod, professor of art history at Södertörn University, about her works and her practice.
Teresa Wennberg was born in Stockholm. She studied classical painting at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris and also trained under Francis Harburger. She has worked with Nam June Paik in Paris, and John Cage in New York. Wennberg made her debut as a painter in 1974 at the Sala Gaudi in Barcelona, and has exhibited all over the world.
Her first video project was developed in 1978 at the recently-opened Centre Pompidou in Paris. Computers have been integral to her practice since 1983. She later worked with 2D and 3D animations. In 1997, she began experimenting with VR. Alongside her technology-based art, Teresa Wennberg is a sculptor and painter. She is currently designing stained-glass windows for a baroque church in St Martin de Corsavy in France.
Katarina Wadstein MacLeod
Katarina Wadstein MacLeod is professor of History of Art, Södertörn University.
In her research on 19th and 20th century art she has dealt with thematic studies on the female body, domesticity, centre and periphery in exhibition studies, and lately on the representation of Nordic nature. Amongst her books are From Flux to Festivity: International Art in Lunds Konsthall 1965-67 (2021), Bakom Gardinerna: Hemmet i konsten under nittonhundratalet (2018), and Lena Cronqvist: Reflections of Girls (2006).
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