Simon Berg. Jesus. Photography.

After Boden School

6 june – 27 september 2015


For the second summer in a row Havremagasinet shows the exhibition After Boden School, where contemporary artists, all connected to the town, participate. Last summer, we made space for seven artists. This year, it is time for another seven. Altogether, there will be 14 artists, the exact number of artists in the group which would come to be known as Bodenskolan (the Boden School).

During these exhibition summers, Havremagasinet has always dedicated an entire floor to the Boden School, which has created a symbolic roof over the contemporary and international art in the remaining parts of the building as a reminder of the local culture history’s value.

Boden is a relatively young town with a history intimately associated with the military defense strategies of the 20th century. Investing in the military attracted people from all over Sweden, many with cultural interests as early as the 1940s. Boden’s art guild arranged exhibitions with many well-known names of that time. The thirst for knowledge was immense, and during the years to come, drawing, painting and art classes emerged.

More information can be found in the Folder (available only in Swedish).

Participating artists

Simon Berg. Born and bred in Boden, the road to photographic art started with his interest in graphic form and the Russian constructivists.

Bengt Frank. The story reflects his vision of himself as an artist. He describes his art as naive and innocent, and the artist within him needs to be childish to keep rigid at bay. Miracles occur in fragile moments.

Kerstin Hedström. For more than 30 years, she lived in Harads but now lives in Luleå and has worked as an artist focusing on public art, recycled materials and light. Time is an essential component of her work. She works with slow art, a movement within art where technique, material and working process are given a special meaning.

Marianne Wikström. Dancing came first, already while growing up in Boden. Then for the sake of dancing, she moved to Stockholm, to study at the Ballet Academy and pursue a career as a dancer with many roles on different stages. Among others, she participated in the original Swedish production of West Side Story at the Oscarsteatern in Stockholm. A few years earlier, she had already seen the musical at the cinema in Boden and been struck by the possibilities of modern dance.

Lena Ylipää och Anita Ylipää. Lena and Anita are artists trained at Konstfack (University College of Arts, Crafts and Design), Lena in metal and Anita in design. They are also sisters with everything that entails shared memories and lifelong contact. Lena lives in Boden and works alongside her artistry as an art consultant for the Norrbotten County Council. Anita Lives in the Polish countryside, overlooking magnificent mountains for parts of the year. Their common geographical place is Lainio, a small village by the Lainio River. So they have their roots and homes and became aware of the power and joy of creating together.

Eva Zettervall. She was born and grew up in Boden. At a young age, she moved to Teheran, where she attended her first art school before returning to Sweden and began studying at the Royal Institute of Art, also known as Mejan. Following a neck injury, her imagery changed and she discovered collages as an art form. The collage method encouraged image collisions, and suddenly, disparate objects could meet in an almost surreal way that inspired.

Bengt Frank. På väg (On the way). Exhibition view.