Carla Åhlander

 

 

 

Carla Åhlander (b.1966, Lund, Sweden) often works through photographic series, using this medium to provoke inquisitive looking. Exploring structures of power as well as those that appear as trivial, Carla’s quiet photos give new stresses to her subject matter. In doing so they reveal, as through a soft haze, memories and histories occluded by surface appearances.

 

 

 

Education. Carla studied art history, performance and photography in Sweden, Italy and Denmark between 1985 and 1994.

 

Select exhibitions. The Palliative Turn, Künstlerhaus Bremen, Germany (2022) Carla Åhlander & Camilla Løw, Belmacz, London (2022); Kunst im Traum, HilbertRaum, Berlin (2021); Geister (ghosts), SCOTTY, Berlin (2021); Alle Erinnerung ist Gegenwart, Neues Kunsthaus Ahrenshoop, Berlin (2019); Pelle d’oca, Villa Vertua Masolo, Italy (2019); BONE Performance Art Festival, Bern, Switzerland (2018); 9th Norwegian Sculpture Biennial, Oslo (2017); Gruezi, Kunstmuseum Olten, Olten (2016); InterKontinental, Belmacz Gallery, London (2016); Noteringar: tillstånd, platser, Fotogalleriet Format, Malmö (2014); Perspektiven, After Work, Schwartzkopffstraße nGbK, Berlin (2013); Anyone for cricket?, Kunstverein Horn, Horn (2013); Gastarbeiter, Italienisches Kulturinstitut, Wolfsburg (2012); Boredom, Essays & Observations, Berlin (2012); Mellan händelser, Martin Bryder Gallery, Lund (2011); Time is what keeps the light from reaching us, The Liverpool Biennial (2010); Gradual Change, Axel Nordin Gallery, Stockholm (2010); Immortality, TENT – Center for visual arts, Rotterdam (2009).

 

Awards and grants. Carla has received the Artistic Research Grant from Berlin Senate Department for Culture and has previously been the recipient of artist residencies at Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani in Venice, Künstlerhaus Lukas, Ahrenshoop, among others. She has produced series photographic works for public space in underground station Schwartzkopffstraße in Berlin (After Work/nGbK), in Cologne (The Reclaim Award) and in Vienna (Prospective Sites, Europart).

 

Carla lives and works in Berlin, where she teaches Photography at Bard College Berlin and at the Berlin University of the Arts.

Artworks

  • Untitled (Rostock)

    Carla Åhlander

    Untitled (Rostock), 2003

    C-print photo
    variable

  • Untitled (boarder)

    Carla Åhlander

    Untitled (boarder), 2016

    C-print
    40 x 40 cm, 1 + 1 AP

  • Still lifes

    Carla Åhlander

    Still lifes, 2015

    series of 8 photos

  • Still lifes

    Carla Åhlander

    Still lifes, 2015

    series of 8 photos

  • Every Possible Tone

    Carla Åhlander

    Every Possible Tone, 2012

    enlargement of entire 135 mm contact print, giclée print on adhesive vinyl
    200 x 150 cm

  • Every Possible Tone (detail)

    Carla Åhlander

    Every Possible Tone (detail), 2012

  • Auflösung II

    Auflösung II, 2013

    silver gelatine print on baryta paper
    30 x 40 cm

  • Auflösung

    Auflösung, 2013

    silver gelatine prints on baryta paper
    14 x 22,5 cm

  • The outside stairs and woman smoking

    Carla Åhlander

    The outside stairs and woman smoking, 2018

    pigment print photo
    29.7 x 42 cm

  • Parallel World

    Installation View

  • Parallel World,

    Carla Åhlander

    Parallel World,, 2022

    photo pigment print on Hahnemühle photo rag
    20 x 30 cm

  • Parallel World

    Carla Åhlander

    Parallel World, 2022

    photo pigment print on Hahnemühle photo rag
    20 x 30 cm

  • Parallel World

    Carla Åhlander

    Parallel World, 2022

    photo pigment print on Hahnemühle photo rag
    20 x 30 cm

  • Perspectives (After Work)

    Installation View

  • Perspectives (After Work)

    Carla Åhlander

    Perspectives (After Work), 2013/14

    extracts of Berlin diaries, collected and photographed for 8 billboards in subway station Schwartzkopffstraße
    each 2 x 3 m

  • Perspectives (After Work)

    Installation View

  • My Retrotopia

    Carla Åhlander

    My Retrotopia, 2022

    set of 35mm black and white negative film (work-in-progress)

  • My Retrotopia

    Carla Åhlander

    My Retrotopia, 2022

    set of 35mm black and white negative film (work-in-progress)

  • Untitled (the former Stasi building, Berlin)

    Carla Åhlander

    Untitled (the former Stasi building, Berlin), 2005

    photographs of Stasi office and interrogation rooms for 16 billboards
    2 x 3 m

  • Carla Åhlander

    image from stasi series

    photo print

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