Iris Smeds works with issues regarding identity as merchandise and art as entertainment. Her projects often take form of video pieces and public performances. It deals with comparing the monetary and spiritual value of art and human kind – and is elaborating with surrealism and poetry as method for idea production. Aside to her other practice she is also performing with her one-woman punk band Vaska Fimpen.
In her latest project The Average, the average is used as a yardstick for human existence and striving.
Smeds was the 2019 recipient of the Maria Bonnier stipendium and have exhibited at Bonniers Konsthall, Växjö Konsthall, Gothenburg Konsthall, Bohuslän Museum, Wetterling Gallery, Overgaden Institute for Contemporary Art in Copenhagen, Luda Gallery in Saint Petersburg, Färgfabriken, Norrtälje Konsthall and performed at Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Spritmuseum, Drottningholms Slottsteater, Skissernas Museum and Norbergfestival.