ABOUT
With the help of film, text, image, installation and performance, Conny Karlsson Lundgren’s work traverses the boundaries between social, political, and private identities. Turning to interdisciplinary methods, parallel realities and social agreements are reimagined through experiences, contrapositions, desires, and secret codes. The ephemeral, accidental traces and moments that challenge existing narratives are a reoccurring fascination, with attention to the archive as both carrier of information and a mechanism of control. 

ISCP, New York City 2022.
Photo: Mike Karlsson Lundgren.


Conny Karlsson Lundgren (b. Västervik, Sweden) shares his time between Stockholm and Hoby Mosse in the South of Sweden (from time to time, other places). He participated in the Studio Research Program at Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, The Netherlands (2014—2015) and received his MFA from Valand Academy of Fine Arts in Gothenburg, Sweden. 

Karlsson Lundgren’s installations, performances and films have been exhibited widely, both in Sweden and internationally. He is represented in the collections of the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Gothenburg Art Museum and Malmö Art Museum, among others and he was the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Program (IASPIS) studio grantholder at ISCP in New York City for 2020—2022. 

In spring 2024 he had a major mid-career solo exhibition at Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm and has created Gläntan/The Glade, Sweden’s first LGBTQI+ monument, which was inaugurated in Gothenburg in 2023.

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Film about the process behind I Kiss Your Eyes at Bonniers Konsthall, the first major solo exhibition by artist Conny Karlsson Lundgren, highlighting the artist's mid-career practice, Stockholm, 2024. Film by Samuel Voigt, HD video, 12.25 mins, Swedish. VOIGTLIND.SE


EDUCATIONStudio Research Program, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht NL, 2014—2015
Fine Arts MFA, Valand: Academy of Fine Arts, Gothenburg SE, 1998—2003
Kanazawa Artcollege, Kanazawa JP, 2000
Visual Communication, Denmarks Design School, Copenhagen DK, 1996—1998
Graphic Design, HDK: Academy of Arts and Crafts, Gothenburg SE, 1993—1996
KV: Art school, Gothenburg SE, 1992—1993



RESIDENCIES
IASPIS Artist in residence at ISCP: The International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York City US, 2020—2022
LIA: Leipzig International Art Programme, Leipzig DE, 2019 
Royal Academy of Arts Studio Residency, Cité des Artes, Paris FR, 2016
FAIR: Fabrikken for Kunst og Design, Copenhagen DK, 2016 
Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht NL, 2014—2015
The Aleanca Unstraight Art Residency, Tirana AL, 2014
IASPIS Artist in residence in Stockholm SE, 2013
Västra Götaland Residency Atelierhaus Mengerzeile, Berlin DE, 2010
NIFCA: Nordic Air Residencies, Helsinki FI, 2006


EXHIBITIONS
2024
I KISS YOUR EYES/JAG KYSSER DINA ÖGON [solo, catalogue], Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm SE
IN THE POWER OF OUR UNEXPRESSED OR UNRECOGNIZED FEELINGS, Örebro Konsthall/OpenArt Biennial, Örebro SE [catalogue]
VI BEHÖVER VARANN/WE NEED EACH OTHER, Haninge Konsthall, Haninge SE.
UTOPIA TODAY: A WALK Videocity, REX Bern CH
UTOPIA TODAY: QUEER PERSPECTIVES, Videocity, REX Bern CH

2023
WE FEEL A DESIRE FOR CARESSES BY MEN (THE GOTHENBURG AFFAIR) [performance], Norrlandsoperan/Umeå Konsthall, Umeå SE
UTOPIA TODAY, Videocity, St. Pölten AT
GLÄNTAN/THE GLADE, LGBTQI+ monument [public comission], Esperantoplatsen, Göteborg SE

2022
WE FEEL A DESIRE FOR CARESSES BY MEN (PORTRAIT PARLÈ) [performance], VOLT Projects, Bergen NO
SWEDISH ACQUISITIONS: MATCHES, Moderna Museet, Stockholm SE
TRACES OF DESIRE [with Benny Nemer], Ystad Art Museum, Ystad SE
FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, Ystad Art Museum, Ystad SE
PLAY: VIDEO ART IN THE COLLECTION, Göteborg Art Museum, Gothenburg SE 
ALL DENNA JÄVLA LYCKA! Skövde Art Museum, Skövde SE

2021
WITH NEW EYES: THE INTERWAR PERIOD SEEN THROUGH A LENS, Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg SE
FALL OPEN STUDIOS, ISCP, New York City US
THE GHOST SHIP AND THE SEA CHANGE, 11th GIBCA: Gothenburg International Biennale of Contemporary Art [book/catalog], Röda Sten, Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg SE
HOMECOMING [screening], ISCP, New York City US
THE NEW EYE: INTERWAR LENS CULTURES 1919—1939, Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg SE
SUMMER OPEN HOUSE, ISCP, New York City US
SPRING OPEN STUDIOS. ISCP, New York City US

2020
SMASHED TO PIECES IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT, Filmform Re:View, Stockholm SE
ALWAYS TOGETHER—MOSTLY HAPPY, Godsbanen, Aarhus DK, Gängeviertel, Hamburg DE
FALL OPEN STUDIOS, ISCP, New York City US

2019
TRACES, GLIMMERS, RESIDUES & SPECKS OF THINGS [solo], Neue Galerie, Innsbruck AT
SKIFTET, Haninge Konsthall, Stockholm SE
SIDE EFFECT: LIA SPRING GROUP EXHIBITION 2019, LIA Gallery, Spinnerei, Leipzig DE
CRUISING THE SEVENTIES, Gallery Stills, Edinburgh UK
IT’S A FUCKING MAN'S WORLD [screening], Göteborg Film Festival, Gothenburg SE

2018
IT’S A FUCKING MAN’S WORLD, Moderna Museet, Stockholm SE
IT’S A FUCKING MAN’S WORLD, Umeå Europeiska Filmfestival, Umeå SE
TRACES, GLIMMERS, RESIDUES & SPECKS OF THINGS [solo], Sandviken Konsthall, Sandviken SE
OUT OF FOCUS, Gallery Verbeeck-Van Dyck, Antwerp BE
RHYTHM IS A DANCER, HfKD: Huset for Kunst og Design, Holsterbro DK
BORDERLAND, The Prison Museum of Sweden, Gävle SE

2017
PUBLIC MOVEMENT: ON ART, POLITICS & DANCE, Moderna Museet, Malmö SE
LEGITIMATE REHEARSALS, D21 Kunstraum, Leipzig DE
SKIN 皮 [screening], UCCA: Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing CH
GRÄNSLAND, MELLANRUM, AVGRUNDER [Public Art Commission], The Prison Museum of Sweden/Region Gävleborg SE
MUSEUMS AND CONTESTED HISTORIES, Silvanum/Gävle Art Centre, Gävle SE

2016
GESTURE/LABOUR/LEISURE [solo], Haninge Konsthall, Stockholm SE
THE SPHERES [solo], Gallery Box, Gothenburg SE 
THE IMAGE GENERATOR, Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp BE
A DREAM OF THE COLLECTION, Kalmar Art Museum, Kalmar SE 
THE WHITE HOUSE, Västerbotten Museum, Umeå SE
VIDEOGUD, Gävleborg, Uppsala, Dalarna SE
WHERE DREAMS CROSS [screening], Tempo Dokumentär Festival, Skanstull, Stockholm SE
INTE(R)NATIONALDAGEN [screening], Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg SE

2015
VAEFF 2015 FILM FESTIVAL [screening], TriBeCa Film Center, New York City US
WHERE DREAMS CROSS [screening], Hilton Slussen, Stockholm SE
RECONSTRUCTING THE ARCHIVE: Video Art at Valand 1985—2015, Gallery A-venue, Gothenburg SE
NORM.ALT., Norrtälje Konsthall, Norrtälje SE
ANNA AS2156 [permanent installation], Skövde Art Museum, Skövde SE
BERÄTTELSER UR SAMLINGEN, GIBCA Extended: Gothenburg International Biennale of Contemporary Art, SE
AUTOSTRADA BIENNALE: PARKING, Eurocenter, Prizren KV
OPEN STUDIOS [catalog], Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht NL
FOKUS 2015, Kunsthall Nikolaj, Copenhagen DK 
DIS–AS–SEM–BLIES 1—4, B32 Art Space, Café Rosé, Disclosed Space & Kringloop Zuid, Maastricht NL

2014
INFORMAL MIND [catalog], Metalurgjiko, Elbasan AL
…DO DELAY, Pick Nick Works, Nicosia CY
UNSTRAIGHT ALEANCA ART, Zeta Galeri, Tirana AL/Stockholm County Museum, Stockholm SE
NORM.ALT., Skövde Konsthall, Skövde SE
CORPUS LINGUA, Jan van Eyck Academie Gallery, Maastricht NL 
Y'ALL BETTER QUIET DOWN! [solo, catalog], Svilova Gallery, Gothenburg SE 

2013
THE SYLVIA FRACTIONS [solo, catalog], Kalmar Art Museum, Kalmar SE 
IN DIALOGUE WITH THE COLLECTIONS [with Helga Steppan], Göteborg Art Museum, Gothenburg SE 
OPEN STUDIOS [catalog], IASPIS: The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s 
International Programme for Visual Artists, Stockholm SE 
NEW ACQUISITIONS: New Works in the Collections [catalog], Göteborg Art Museum, Gothenburg SE 
KONSTBIO, Temporära Konsthallen, Stockholm SE
SHAME ON MAX, Villa Neukölln, Berlin DE
GEGEN ART, Gallery Mindpirates, Berlin DE

2012
LIMP WRIST [solo], Alingsås Konsthall Alingsås SE 
VIRTUAL REALITIES [film festival], Kino Central, Berlin DE
BOOK ON THE FRITZ #03 [catalog], Göteborg Konsthall, Gothenburg SE 
THE SECRET CABINET [catalog]. Gallery Antje Øklesund, Berlin DE 

2011
UNTOLD STORIES [catalog],Tallinna Kunstihoone, Tallinn EE 
BOOK ON THE FRITZ #02 Gallery Steinsland Berliner, Stockholm SE

2010
WITHOUT A CAUSE [solo] Gallery 54, Gothenburg SE 
LOST AND FOUND: Queerying the Archive [catalog], Bildmuseet, Umeå SE 
HÄR (HERE) II: Art from the Kalmar Region 2010 [catalog], Kalmar Art Museum, Kalmar SE 
SVA//MUSIC VIDEOS, .HBC, Berlin DE
NOT GAY AS IN HAPPY BUT QUEER AS IN FUCK YOU!, Goloss Gallery, Copenhagen DK
THEMA FRAU [project space], September Gallery, Berlin DE 
HOME (UNTOLD STORIES), Göteborg Dance & Theater festival, Gothenburg SE
ARE YOU COMING TOO? Gallery Knoth & Krüger, Berlin DE/6th Berlin Biennale, Berlin DE
WHO'S SPEAKING, Gallery Bauchhund, Berlin DE
GOTHENBURG STRING THEORY [performance, vinyl/cd], the Concert Hall, Gothenburg SE 

2009
LOST AND FOUND: Queerying the Archive [catalog], Kunsthall Nikolaj, Copenhagen DK 
PHOTOGRAPHY NOW: A Small Part of the World [biennial], CFF: Centre for Film & Photography, Stockholm SE/EESC, Brussels BE 

2008
I AM OTHER [solo], Gallery Sprinkler, Öland SE 
TOWARDS EVENING BRECHT FOUND ME IN THE GARDEN READING CAPITAL [with the Production Unit], The 5th Berlin Biennal DE [biennial, catalog]
PRIVILEGE WALK, Teater Lilith, Malmö SE
QUEER FILM MARATON, Göteborg International Film Festival, Gothenburg SE 
I AM OTHER (CANDY & ME), Athens Video Art Festival, Athens GR
CHTO DELAT?/WHAT HAS TO BE DONE? [with the Production Unit], part of the Documenta XII Magazine project IASPIS Workshop, Moscow RU

2007
CHTO DELAT?/WHAT HAS TO BE DONE?  [with the Production Unit], Documenta XII Magazine project [magazine] Documenta XII, Kassel DE
THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER: The Production Unit Archive, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen DK

2006
SLOWLY LEARNING TO SURVIVE THE DESIRE TO SIMPLIFY [with the Production Unit], IASPIS, Stockholm SE [symposium, reader]
¡VIVA REVOLUCION! (KEVIN), Copenhagen’s Queer Festival, Copenhagen DK
LOVE ACCORDING TO HEAVY METAL, Gallery Box, Gothenburg SE

2005
A QUEER WAS HERE, Kulturhuset, Stockholm SE

2004
MONOLOGUE [solo], Gallery Mors Mössa, Gothenburg SE 
MONOLOGUE, Gallery Kaiserpassage 21a/Berlin Kunstsalon: Art Fair, Berlin DE
FORCE MAJEURE, Gallery Box, Gothenburg SE

2003
UNTITLED (F, K & B) [solo], Gallery Kaiserpassage 21a, Karlsruhe DE

2002
UNTITLED (F, K & B) [solo], Gallery Rotor, Gothenburg SE 
UNTITLED (K & C), Konsthallen, Gothenburg SE
UNTITLED (K & C), Gallery Enkehuset, Stockholm SE

2001
THE 2001 NEW WHIGHT GALLERY BIENNAL [biennial, catalog], UCLA, Los Angeles US
STHLM ART FAIR [catalog], representing Valand Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm SE 
NOMADS, Gallery Overgaden, Copenhagen DK/Gallery 54, Gothenburg, SE

2000
HOW DO YOU FEEL? [solo], Kanazawa Artcollege, Kanazawa JP 
RE:QUEER, Glashuset, Gothenburg SE 

1999
BLICK: Contemporary Nordic Art Film & Video, Moderna Museet, Stockholm SE
DREAM DATE [project space], Gallery 54, Gothenburg SE 
MAKE A MEMORY, Alma Löv Art Museum, Östra Ämtervik SE
SELECTED FILMS, Gallery Signal, Malmö, SE
SQUASH-ART, Göteborg, Sweden


PUBLIC COMMISSIONS
2022—2023
GLÄNTAN/THE GLADE, LGBTQI+ monument, Göteborg, SE 
2018
LAGER N6472903 E432955, Regionens Hus, Skövde, SE [shortlisted]
2017
SPACE OF EXCEPTION (BLACK MIRRORS), Region Gävleborg SE [temporary]


COLLECTIONS
Moderna Museet/The Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm SE
Göteborg Konstmuseum/Art Museum, Gothenburg SE
Malmö Konstmuseum/Art Museum, Malmö SE
Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg SE
Kalmar Konstmuseum/Art Museum, Kalmar SE 
Skövde Konstmuseum/Art Museum, Skövde SE
Statens Konstråd/The National Public Art Council, Stockholm SE
Haninge Kommun/Municipality Art Collection, Haninge SE
Gävleborg Län/County Art Collection, Gävle SE
Private Collections


GRANTS
2023
The Swedish Art Grants Committee’s Five Year Working Grant
Längmanska Foundation Culture Grant 
2020
Erna & Victor Hasselblad Foundation: Research & Working Grant
2019
IASPIS: The Swedish Art Grants Committee’s Grant 
for Cultural Exchange 
2018
IASPIS: The Swedish Art Grants Committee’s Grant 
for Cultural Exchange 
Aase & Richard Björklunds Foundation/Malmö Art Museum
IASPIS: The Swedish Art Grants Committee's Grant 
for Cultural Exchange 
2017
IASPIS: The Swedish Art Grants Committee’s Grant 
for Cultural Exchange 
2016
The Swedish Art Grants Committee’s Two Year Working Grant
IASPIS: The Swedish Art Grants Committee's Grant 
for Cultural Exchange 
2015
IASPIS: The Swedish Art Grants Committee’s Grant 
for Cultural Exchange 
2014
Jan van Eyck Academie Studio and Production Grant
2013
IASPIS: The Swedish Art Grants Committee’s International 
Programme for Visual Artists
Helge Ax:son Johnson Foundation 
2012
Reaktor Syd Film Production Grant
Wilhelm & Martina Lundgren Foundation
2010
The Swedish Art Grants Committee’s Two Year Working Grant
IASPIS: The Swedish Art Grants Committee's Grant 
for Cultural Exchange
Pronto Project Grant 
2008
Längmanska Foundation Culture Grant 
Göteborg Culture Grant 
2006
The Swedish Art Grants Committee’s One Year Working Grant
Sleipnir Travel Grant 
2004
Otto & Charlotte Mannheimer Foundation
Göteborg Exhibition Support 
2003
Wilhelm & Martina Lundgren Foundation 
2002
Otto & Charlotte Mannheimer Foundation
2001
Sthlm Art Fair & Akademiska Hus Exhibition Grant 
Otto & Charlotte Mannheimer Foundation
2000
Sasakawa Foundation
Kanazawa Art College Foundation
Otto & Charlotte Mannheimer Foundation 
1999
Otto & Charlotte Mannheimer Foundation



COLLECTIVES2014—2015
KNOWLEDGE IS A DOES: An intimate theory based reading group interested in the formation and perpetuation of the subjectivity of communities and individuals. The collective embraced knowledge as material, considering its dissemination, movement, points of connection and network potential. During 2015 a series of events, exhibitions and talks, Disassemblies (1—6) was arranged in different places in the Netherlands. Members: Alexis Blake, Ellen C. Feiss, Toon Fibbe, Ilke Gers, Conny Karlsson Lundgren, Hana Miletic, Karisa Senavitis, Kym Ward and Katharina Zimmerhackl. 

2005—2008    
THE PRODUCTION UNIT: A collective of artists engaged in a discussion on the intersection of politics and aesthetics. The collective arranged events such as Slowly learning to Survive the Desire to Simplify: a Symposium on Critical Documents, 2006 (supported by NIFCA & IASPIS), exhibitions such as The Long Distance Runner at Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, 2007 and the performative reading group Toward Evening Brecht Found Me in the Garden Reading Capital, as part of the 5th Berlin Biennale, 2008. Members: Kajsa Dahlberg, Runo Lagomarsino, Conny Karlsson Lundgren, Sara Jordenö, Petra Bauer, Ditte Lyngkaer Pedersen, Nanna Debois-Buhl, Johanna Gustafson and Ylva Westerlund. 





 ©MMXIV Conny Karlsson Lundgren