KLARA KÄLLSTRÖM & THOBIAS FÄLDT
The Last of the Lucky, 2016 / Currently on display in Krakow at Bunkier Sztuki as part of Krakow Photomonth 2016. Runs until August 21
Klara Källström and Thobias Fäldt work in the field of photography, text, installation and publishing.
Their work focus on the production of knowledge, exploring media-issues, historical narratives
and how political events are depicted and perceived.
Källström and Fäldt have for the past years produced a number of works relating to places undergoing paradigmatic changes
where they seek to activate historical layers, notions of uncertainty and chance to draw attention to the
gap between what is visible and what is told.
In Walter Benjamin’s ‘Salutary Estrangement’ a distinction between the visual and the image is suggested.
In Källström and Fäldt’s work, this distinction is the gaze looking back at us asking what we want from the things we are viewing.
By activating what is unresolved, the regime, or ‘the habitual vision’, becomes visible. In this tension, our desires unfold.
Together with the designer duo 1:2:3 they run B-B-B-Books >> as a publishing platform to engage in methods of narration and visual culture.
In 2011, they started the continuous project Wikiland that revolves around the media image of
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The same year, they initiated a series of works on the representation
of the Greek crisis starting in Athens during the general strikes in October 2011.
From an artist-residency in Quebec in 2013 stems the project Village that revolves around cultural blind spots,
the loss of indigenous languages after the colonisation of North America.
In exhibited form, the work A Beach, draws attention to the environment and its ability to accumulate value
to an eroded history, in this case the one of Jaffa, Palestine.
The series The Last of the Lucky began to take form when they met with a former photographer of Fidel Castro
who put the last analogue films on Cuba at their disposal.
A retrospective of Källström and Fäldt’s work will be presented at Krakow Photomonth in May 2016, including the Cuba work,
which has never been exhibited before. It coincides with a crucial historical and geo-political juncture at which,
as a consequence of the easing of the US embargo on Cuba, the first American cruise liners are about to dock in Havana.
Klara Källström (b. 1984) and Thobias Fäldt (b. 1978) have been working collaboratively since 2005.
In 2011, they founded the publishing company B-B-B-Books together with the design collective 1:2:3.
Källström and Fäldt have had solo exhibitions at galleries and institutions around the world,
including CULT / Aimee Friberg Exhibitions (San Francisco), CFF/The Center for Photography (Stockholm), VERKET (Stockholm),
Trafó House of Contemporary Art (Budapest), Fotografiska: The Swedish Museum of Photography (Stockholm),
The Popular Workshop (San Francisco) and Gallery VU (Québec City).
They have participated in group exhibitions at the Swedish Institute (Paris), the Hasselblad Center (Gothenburg),
LACMA (Los Angeles) and, most recently, the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China.
They have received numerous scholarships and awards, including Museum of Work (Norrköping) Documentary Award 2014,
Scanpix Photo Price in 2012 and 2006, an artist scholarship from CALQ/VU in Quebec
and working grants from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee and the Writers Committee
COMING UP 2016
NOW - May 15 - August 21, Imagineering (Re)activating the Photographic, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow Photomonth Festival, Kraków, Poland. Solo show
NOW - June - August, Head of Summer course in photography at Valand Academy, Gothenburg University
July 4 - 10, Cosmos-Arles Books, exhibition and book market
July 4 - 10, Feature in The Eyes (25 Lemon trees, No Gardeners), release during the opening week of Rencontres d'Arles 2016
June 10 - 24, Artist in residency, Kavala, Greece
June 3, Artist Talk at SALT, Ankara, Turkey
May 27, Release of Watched! Surveillance, Art and Photography (Wikiland) at Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg
May 19 - June 11, Examined and Exposed (The Last of the Lucky), Cecilia Hillström Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
April 29 - May 22, Enact (The Last of the Lucky), Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg, Sweden
April 24, Opening of Manifolds (A Beach), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark
April 15 - 29, What's This Book? (Europe, Greece, Athens Acropolis), Kulturforum, Belgrade Photo Month, Belgrade, Serbia
April 8, Artist Talk at Royal Institute of the Arts, Stockholm
March 17, Artist talk at Valand Academy, Gothenburg University
February 19, Swedish Photobook Award - Shortlisted
November 27-29, Read or Die, publishing fair, Barcelona
November 11-14, Polycopies, Paris Photo 2015
October 27, Artist Talk, Valand Academy, Gothenburg University
September 26, Opening of exhibition at Skajs, Nybrogatan 3, Stockholm, The A Beach project
September 18-21 UNSEEN Art Book Fair, Amsterdam
July 16, Opening of group show Black Mirror at Aperture Foundation, NYC
July 5-12, COSMOS, Arles Festival, France
June 29, Review of Village in HOTSHOE Magazine >>
June 5-7, Kassel Book Festival, Germany
May 22-June 5, Kavalla Stipend, Artist in Residency at the Swedish Institute in Athens, Greece
February 27 - April 25, Solo Exhibition and book release at CULT / Aimee Fiberg Exhibitions, San Francisco >>
April 14, Presentation of Wikiland, Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg
March 10, HOTSHOE Magazine >>
March 9, Exhibition review in KQED Arts >>
February 17 - March 5, CULT Residency, Oakland / San Francisco
January 25, Lecture Sandvikens Konsthall
January 21, Lecture, Örebro Läns Museum
January 8, Solo exhibition, Black Door Gallery, Örebro
November 19, Hasselblad Center + GKM book shop, The Open Book Revisited. Wikiland chosen among the 50 best books published since 2004
November 18, Klara & Thobias receive Photographer Of The Year Award at Museum of Work in Norrköping, Sweden
November 16, Klara & Thobias present and sign Europe, Greece, Athens, Acropolis at Le Bal during Paris Photo
November 14, Klara & Thobias present new work at Platform Paris Photo. Curated by Urs Stahel
November 12-15, Klara & Thobias (B-B-B-Books) are part of Polycopies during Paris Photo
October 29, Klara & Thobias have made the cover art work for Swedish band Wildbirds & Peacedrums
October 28, Klara & Thobias and 1:2:3 are shortlisted for The Swedish Photobook Award 2014 (for Europe, Greece, Athens, Acropolis)
October 30 - November 2, Center for Photography, Stockholm, Installation of complete B-B-B-Books catalogue
September 18-25, Urban Viewfinders Groupshow, Pingyao International Photography Festival, China
September 26-28, B-B-B-Books at New York Art Book Fair 2014
September 13, Groupshow, I Ärlighetens namn, Slakthusateljéerna in Stockholm
June 11 - August 29, Photographic Essays 2011-2014, Klara & Thobias soloshow at VERKET, Stockholm
July 9-12, Wikiland 2007-07-12-00:59:46, B-B-B-Books, Release at Cosmos during the Arles Festival
June/July, The Photographer's Playbook. Edited by Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern, publsihed by Aperture
May 8 - June 22, Urban Viewfinders. Baltic and Nordic contemporary photography groupshow, Riga Art Space, Latvia
May 30 - June 3, De: Stockholm, Groupshow curated by Rollergirl, Paris
February 7 - May 11, Wikiland, The visible. Swedish Contemporary Photography, Artipelag, Stockholm
April 10-13, B-B-B-Books at One Thousand Books at Rema 1000 in Copenhagen
April 10-11, 2014 Frames: Projecting International Photography, Merchant City Square, Glasgow
April 6-7, 2014 Frames: Projecting International Photography, Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA)
February 2014, The Battery Art Show: Volume 2, The Battery, San Francisco
February 2014, Release of A Beach at LA Art Book Fair
December 2013, Release of A Beach at 1:2:3's studio in Stockholm
December 2013, The Kandinsky Library at Centre Pompidou, Paris, Wikiland and Europe, Greece, Athens, Acropolis are now in the collection
November 2013, Release of A Beach at Offprint Paris
November 2013, Group show at Gallery Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm
A/W 2013, BON Magazine #65, Excerpt from upcoming work Village
September-November 2013, Wikiland at Photaumnales, Galerie Nationale De La Tapisserie, Beauvais, France
August 2013, Landskrona Fotofestival, Galleri 3
April-July 2013, Residency at the International Studio at Méduse, Québec City, Canada
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