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Petra Lindholm’s Video Iris in collaboration with the sound composer Lars Åkerlund; a smooth natural flow of sound and images, at the same time a demanding, assertive narrative. A vertiginous ride, a poetic purification in a science fiction like atmosphere. The video is about death and rebirth and how these two are inseparable from each other. Just as linked as ease and seriousness, impermanence and eternity.
Lars Åkerlund is a composer and musician and started as a guitarist and studied in Spain and the State College of Music in Stockholm, where he also took the advanced electronic music course arranged in association with EMS. His teachers included Lars-Gunnar Bohlin and Rolf Engström. Åkerlund has composed exhibition and occasional music as well as giving concerts and workshops for schools under the auspices of Rikskonserter. His works include “Plunder fundi bomba”, a text-sound composition based on conversations recorded in an African village. The piece is processed by means of classical tape techniques and is sustained by an easy-going sense of humor which transcends the barriers of language.
Åkerlunds musical collaborations include working with Zbigniew Karkowski, Lars Ekström, Johan Söderberg, Jean-Louis Huhta, Dror Feiler, CM von Hausswolff, Sebastian Öberg, Henrik Strindberg, Leif Elggren and Kent Tankred, Flesh Quartet, Thitipol Kanteewong among others. He founded Lucky People Center (LPC) with Johan Söderberg and Sebastian Öberg and is the composer of the film music for ‘Il Capitano’ and ‘Their Frozen Dream’ by director Jan Troell. His Art projects include collaborations with
Ulf Rollof, Ann-Sofi Sidén, Mikael Pauli, Måns Müllner, Maria Heimer Åkerlund, and Petra Lindholm among others. His filmography includes films such as ”Monkey Business” (Swedish Television, SVT Drama) ”Harris” (Part of the LPC-film “Information is free”) ”Breakfast”, (Filmverkstan, Stockholm).
and ”Sonic: Obsessed by sound”.
Petra Lindholm (b. 1973 in Karis, Finland) lives and works in Småland, Sweden. She is educated at the Royal Institute of Arts in Stockholm (1996–2001). She has exhibited at galleries, museums and institutions in Sweden, Finland, Germany, Poland, Italy and the US. Petra Lindholm works mainly with video, textile and sound. Her films do not have a specific narrative structure. They are focused on nuances and changes in color and image; which creates a tense atmosphere rather than a clear-cut story. Lindholm often depicts situations that are easily recognizable or phenomena in the environment, where the real and ordinary things seem unreal. She composes the music for the films and sings herself. In 2001 she received the Maria Bonnier Dahlin Foundation’s Artist Award, 2002 the FilmForm Award and in 2006 she won third prize in the Carnegie Art Award. In 2018 the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm awarded her the prestigious Axel Theofron Sandberg Prize. Her works are represented in the collections of Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Malmö Konstmuseum, Borås Konstmuseum, Västerås Konstmuseum, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki. EMMA–Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland, ProArtibus, Finland among others. In recent years she has completed a number of larger public commissions working with site-specific sculptures and installations.