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Camilla Carlsson, With Longing in the Baggage, 2001–2002 © Camilla Carlsson. Objects, mixed media, embroidery, recycled clothes, suitcase. 55x60x55 cm. Photo: John Håkansson

Camilla Carlsson

As an artist, Camilla Carlsson works both inside and outside of the traditional spaces for art. During 2005 she has been running a project at a number of sites within the local council offices of the agency for children and young people in the municipality of Nynäshamn, a project she calls “Vem vattnar blommorna? “(Who Is Watering the Plants?) The project is structured around the potted plants to be found in these workplaces.

Initially Carlsson would take a potted plant to a selected site. She would then take a plant away from the same site and place it in a different one, and so on in a kind of relay. This project is typical of Carlsson’s oeuvre, in which the artistic process is more important than the final result. “Who Is Watering the Plants?” also has a social and relational dimension, and the project is not managed by Carlsson alone as a lot depends on the commitment of the various council employees involved. During the whole process, the artistic project is continually subject to change.

Plants and greenery are a recurring theme in Carlsson’s art. In the “Grön gardin” (Green Curtain) project she made use of plastic bags and other manufactured material to produce curtains that were put together like foliage in part. She has also presented spatial installations and based works of art on photography. In her art she deals with issues that include home and identity, and themes such as nature and culture.

Camilla Carlsson Foto: John Håkansson

Camilla Carlsson

Born 1971 in Linköping.
Lives and works in Stockholm.

Education

2003
”Bostaden. Arkitekturens sociala landskap”, 40p, Kungl. Konsthögskolan avdelning Arkitektur, Stockholm

2001
Konsthögskolan i Malmö/ MfA,Malmö Art Academy, Malmö

Selected solo exhibitions

2004
Galleri Leena Kuumola, Helsingfors/Helsinki [FI]

2004
Skånes Konstförening, Malmö

2003
Sauna, Bastugatan 1, Stockholm

Selected group exhibitions

2006
Omgivningar, med/with John Håkansson, Passagen, Linköpings konsthall, Linköping

2005
Äga:rum, Galleri Elverket, Ekenäs [FI]

2005
Sisu, Gallerie des Landkreises, Kunstverein Rügen, Putbus [DE]

Selected bibliography

Maria Hirvi och/and Gun Holmström, äga:rum oma:tila take:place (utst.kat./exh. cat.), www.proartibus.fi, 2005.

“Check in the world is yours”, Joanna Sandell och/and Helena Scragg (red./ed.), Scandinavian Sparks, 2004.

Anna Orrghen, ”Befriande trance på IASPIS, tre aktuella utställningar. Camilla Carlsson ’på väggen’”, Svenska Dagbladet, 2003-11-22.

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