KLARA KÄLLSTRÖM & THOBIAS FÄLDT

The Last of the Lucky, 2016 / Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow Photomonth 2016  


ABOUT

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 in order 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. Through this activation of what is unresolved,
the regime - that which we might call the habitual vision - becomes visible. In this tension, our desires unfold.

In 2011, they started the continuous project Wikiland that takes its vantage point in 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, which is followed up in 2016 with 25 Lemon trees, No Garderners. 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 exhibition space 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 / You Can't Always Get What You Want began to take form
when they met with the former photographer of Fidel Castro who put the last analogue film rolls on Cuba at their disposal.
A retrospective of Källström and Fäldt’s work was presented at Bunkier Sztuki in Krakow, Poland as part of Krakow Photo Month 2016
and it included the Cuba work, which had never before been exhibited. Since Krakow, the work's title has been extended to
The Last of the Lucky / You Can't Always Get What You Want and now includes a reseach part conducted by author Johannes Wahlström
whose gaze is turned towards the US and the American Presidential Election of 2016.

Klara Källström (b. 1984) and Thobias Fäldt (b. 1978) have been working collaboratively since 2005.
In 2011, together with the designer duo 1:2:3, they founded B-B-B-Books as a publishing platform to engage in methods of narration and visual culture.

Källström and Fäldt have had solo exhibitions at galleries and institutions around the world, including Magacin (Belgrade),
Galleri Box (Gothenburg), Bunkier Sztuki (Krakow Photo Month 2016), Photo Saint Germain (Paris), CULT Exhibitions (San Francisco),
CFF/The Center for Photography (Stockholm), VERKET (Stockholm), Trafó House of Contemporary Arts (Budapest),
The Popular Workshop (San Francisco), and Gallery VU (Québec City). They have participated in group exhibitions at the Swedish Institute (Paris),
Hasselblad Center (Gothenburg), LACMA (Los Angeles), Aperture Foundation (New York) Pingyao International Photography Festival (China),
Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Copenhagen), Göteborgs Konsthall (Gothenburg), Fotografisk Center (Denmark’s international Photo Biennale)
and, most recently, at MKM (Belgrade).

They have received numerous scholarships and awards, including Museum of Work's Documentary Award (Norrköping),
Sundsvalls Museum's Award, Greenhill Art Award, Scanpix Photo Prize (2012 and 2006), artist scholarships from Iaspis (Sweden),
The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm (for Cité International des Arts in Paris), CALQ/VU in Quebec and working grants from the
Swedish Arts And Grants Committee and The Writers Committee in Sweden.

They are currently based in Belgrade and for the past two months they have been the Artists-in-Residence at
Nova Iskra jointly organised by Iaspis; the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists.

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2016

Iaspis Artist in Residency at Nova Iskra in Belgrade, Serbia, 2016
45 Gardeners And So On at Magacin, Belgrade. Opens December 17
The Last of the Lucky / You Can't Always Get What You Want at Galleri BOX, Gothenburg. Opens November 11
B-B-B-Books at Polycopies / Paris Photo, November 12
A Beach at Galerie Jean-Pierre Gros, Photo Saint Germain 2016. Opens November 4
B-B-B-Books at MAD / La Maison Rouge, Sept 30-2 Oct
B-B-B-Books at Eesti Fotokunstimess / Photographic Art Fair, Tallinn Photo Month, Sept 30-2 Oct
Head of Summer course in photography at Valand Academy, Gothenburg University, June - August
Imagineering (Re)activating the Photographic, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow Photomonth Festival, Kraków, Poland, May 15 - August 21
Head of Summer course in photography at Valand Academy, Gothenburg University, June - August
B-B-B-Books at Cosmos-Arles Books, exhibition and book market, July 4 - 10
The Eyes (25 Lemon trees, No Gardeners), release during the opening week of Rencontres d'Arles 2016, July 4 - 10
Artist in residency, Kavala, Greece, June 10 - 24
Artist Talk at SALT, Ankara, Turkey, June 3
Release of Watched! Surveillance, Art and Photography (Wikiland) at Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, May 27
Examined and Exposed (The Last of the Lucky), Cecilia Hillström Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, May 19 - June 11
Enact (The Last of the Lucky), Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg, Sweden, April 29 - May 22
Opening of Manifolds (A Beach), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark, April 24
What's This Book? (Europe, Greece, Athens Acropolis), Kulturforum, Belgrade Photo Month, Belgrade, Serbia, April 15 - 29
Artist Talk at Royal Institute of the Arts, Stockholm, April 8
Artist talk at Valand Academy, Gothenburg University, March 17
Swedish Photobook Award - Shortlisted

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2015

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

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2014

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

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2013

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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