Carla Åhlander (b.1966, Lund, Sweden), studied art history, performance and photography in Sweden, Italy and Denmark between 1985 and 1994. Often working through photographic series, Carla uses this medium to provoke inquisitive looking. Exploring structures of power as well as those that appear as trivial, Carla’s seemingly 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.
Select exhibitions include: 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).
In 2021 Carla received the Recherchestipendium from Berliner Senat. Previously, she has been the recipient of the Künstlerhaus Lukas Residency (2019), also receiving the Reclaim Award (2019).
Carla lives and works in Berlin, where she teaches Photography at Bard College and at the Berlin Summer University of the Arts.
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