Artist statement

In my video, photo, text and performance based projects I investigate various incarnations of the artist as adventurer, investigator and researcher, in order to develop an artist's role for a female flaneur on a global arena, depicting how a society increasingly concerned with representation, performativity and dissemination of images affects concepts of art and autenthicity. My practice involves questions of the objecitfying gaze at the/each other in film and photography, in alternating power constellations, particularly with focus on gender issues. I relate to the method of "participatory observation", but transcend it when I manipulate reality through performative, social interventions in documentary situations. I am also concerned with the ethical, moral and legal borders of what artists are allowed to do in the name of art.

Short bio

Sonia Hedstrand is a Swedish artist who works with video, photography, text and performance, and an art critic for Dagens Nyheter as well a a writer of radio essays for OBS i P1, National Swedish Public Radio. Currently starting up the new research-based project The Artist Travelogue. Alumn from Whitney Independent Study Program, New York, 2012. Master in Fine Arts from the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm 2011. Has run several artist run initiatives and collaborations such as The Drinking Brothers, The Unsecurity Principle and 0s+1s Collective. Sonia is also teaching and lectureing on topics like moving images, photography and text based art, feminist perspectives. self-organising, collaborative practices and political activism at several art schools and universities in Sweden and abroad. In 2020, she was deemed qualified as a professor by experts during an appointment procedure at Umeå Art Academy.