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Umeå Academy of Fine Arts / Degree Exhibitions 2008

2008-05-10 to 2008-05-25

As of this year, Umeå Academy of Fine Arts will present two graduating classes each year, and hence two degree exhibitions. With the new degree structure, the five-year Fine Arts programme has been divided into a three-year Bachelor’s programme and a two-year Master’s programme. This year, fifteen students are graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, while fourteen are completing their fifth year, earning a Master’s degree.

Master of Fine Arts
Malin Arnesson, Marianne Bengtsson, Christian Bergman, Olof Broström, Erik Hedén, Patric Engfeldt, Emma-Lina Ericson, Rosa Marie Frang, Klas Hällerstrand, Cheong Kah Kit, Sophie Leevers, Nguyen Thi Bich Thuy, Imri Sandström and Magnus Svensson. Curator: Stella d’Ailly.

The exhibition presents the work of fourteen artists and almost all contemporary forms of creative expression: painting, drawing, theatre, music, film, performance, poetry, sculpture, web works and installation. Both new and previous works show the range and background of the different artists.

The catalogue also reflects this idea, presenting each artist, their works and their sources of inspiration alongside texts by curators Karolina Pahlén and Helena Scragg, art historian Erik Berg, and artists Maja Hammarén and Andjeas Ejiksson. Andjeas Ejiksson also designed the catalogue. 

Bachelor of Fine Arts
Altansukh Demberel, Henrik Ekesiöö, Elin Elfström, Elisabeth Frieberg, Giorgio Giusti, Lars Hedelin, John Huntington, Therese Johansson, Johan Lindström, Fredrik Nyberg, Rasmus Albertsen, Camilla Påhlsson, Nils-Johan Sjöquist, Per-Arne Sträng and Martina Wolgast. Curated by the students themselves and moderated by Professor Ingo Vetter.

A Bachelor’s degree in fine arts involves the ability to realise an artistic project independently, to bring all one’s ideas, knowledge and references together, and to create a work that responds to the complex starting questions. Such a working method is a rather lonely process of individual decisions in a universe of possibilities. Bringing together 15 individual degree projects requires reaching agreements, and the students have decided on a giant exhibition architecture, a maze of L-shaped walls winding through the premises.