Overview

The common denominator in Katarina Löfström's video works is the abstraction or, rather perhaps, the extraction of something. Her computer-generated animations can be based on a city view, a horizon or a photo, but the essence itself is about emotions, phenomenon or concepts. She takes interest in various stages of consciousness, such as wakefulness, daydreams, the hypnagogic state and trance but also optical phenomena, often in relation to sound. Through repetitive movement, loops, reflections and light effects she creates works which amplifies and concentrates certain phenomena and thus tampers with our perception and its fluid boundaries of what we perceive as reality.

 

Her oeuvre also includes sculpture and her most recent works - Open Source – is a series of monumental outdoor works. They allude in its format to different screen sizes like Panavision. They consist of tens of thousands of free hanging sequins, reflecting the light, thus visualising the movement of the wind and the surrounding nature. By using a very basic material such as sequin panels originally meant for commercial use, Katarina Löfström creates an everchanging moving image in the public sphere, without having to use electricity or external lighting.

 

Katarina Löfström (born in 1970 in Sweden, lives and works in Stockholm) graduated from the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm 1997 and has since then mainly worked with video. 

In 2019, she was awarded the Swedish Filmform Prize for her significant contributions to video art.  Her work has been shown in exhibitions at Blickachsen, Bad Homburg, Germany, Wanås Konst, Sweden,  Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Kiasma, Helsinki, Tramway in Glasgow and Kunsthaus Graz to name a few. She is represented at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Neuer Berliner Kuntverein, in Wanås, at the library in Alexandria and others.

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