Artist Mats Caldeborg lives and works in Järnäsklubb, Sweden, where he and Katrin Zackrisson Caldeborg run the Konsthall Norra Kvarken gallery. Through his artistry as well as in public debate, Caldeborg has highlighted the place of art and poetry in life.
Konsthall Norra Kvarken has developed into a site for artistic and intellectual encounters with people visiting from near and far. The gallery’s current project Art for Birds, Bumblebees, Beetles, Worms and Mushrooms has attracted national attention and discussion. In his contribution to Bildmuseet’s anniversary forum, Caldeborg reflects on the significance of art and the human ability for abstract thinking.
For four decades, Mats Caldeborg has exhibited at a large number of Swedish art galleries and museums. His exhibition at Bildmuseet in 2006 was titled Ensligheter [solitarities], developed in collaboration with author Thomas Tidholm. Caldeborg is represented in the collections of Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Gothenburg Art Museum and at Västerbottens Museum.
Welcome by the director of Bildmuseet and host of the anniversary forum What Do We Need Art For?.
Artist Katarina Pirak Sikku gives a personal account of art’s significance for herself and people around her.
Professor Gavin Butt considers the history of "art-pop" music and the world-making capacities of art today.
Dramatist and writer Stina Oscarson talks about the importance of art in reminding us that we are human.
Artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah answers the posed question in conversation with director Katarina Pierre.
South African photographer Cedric Nunn talks about the context in which he is a politically active artist.
Curator Maria Lind on contemporary art as a form of understanding and tool for relating to existence.
Musicians Sofia Jannok and Dennis Lyxzén on what art and culture have meant in their lives.
Curator Tone Olaf Nielsen discusses artistic and curatorial responses to the refugee crisis.
Artist Jumana Emil Abboud performs a reading about walking in the Palestinian landscape.
Artist Mats Caldeborg reflects on the significance of art and the human ability for abstract thinking.
Artist Grada Kilomba gives her answer to the question posed in a conversation with director Katarina Pierre.
Curator and director Antonia Alampi addresses the multifaceted roles that art and cultural practices play.
As his contribution to the online forum, Naeem Mohaimen shows us the new film work Against Regret (23 min).