Helena Wikström

Helena Wikström is a visual artist and curator, living and working in Umeå, north of Sweden. She uses various media such as photography, installation and painting to examine structures in society or as a tool to find out what a specific detail can narrate in a broader context.

Together with Gerd Aurell, Helena has been working with art that focuses on urban planning and democracy, for example “Another City is Possible” for the 2009 MADE-festival in Umeå. In their ongoing project Delta they examine the Ume River Delta landscape, the activities and the political processes in this region.
Selected exhibitions: Survival Kit 3, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga 2011, Seuol Photo, South Korea 2009, Spare Time Utopia, National Gallery, Prague 2011.

Helena is a member of the artist-run space Verkligheten (“Reality”) in Umeå and director at the White Cube gallery at NorrlandsOperan in Umeå.

Co-Creation by Helena Wikström:

  • In Between

    Observation in philosophical terms is the process of filtering sensory information through the thought process. Input is received via hearing, sight, smell, taste, or touch and then analyzed through either rational or irrational thought. What happens if the observed object knows that he/she is being observed and the observation also changes positions so that the observer is being observed by the object? As artists we can play with these roles and also with the purpose of our observations which in contrast to the science can have a more open and indistinct objective and perhaps use different methods.

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