Johannes Heldén

Working with a variety of media, Johannes Heldén explores subjects like ecology, evolution, sentience and artificial intelligence. Often set in a near future, Heldén’s fictional worlds are created by means of images, animation, text and music, combined in site specific installations, performances and digital works. In a fashion similar to that of science fiction, Heldén invites the viewers to interact and explore the worlds, making them co-creators. In these carefully depicted settings, which resemble the real world in an eerie way, Heldén makes us aware of our own perception and concept of nature, and the impact we have on the planet today.

Johannes Heldén was the IASPIS artist-in-residence at ISCP, New York 2018/19. In addition, he was part of the Desert X biennale in Coachella Valley, CA with a special project, Encyclopedia / Desert Edition / Coachella Valley spring 2019. Heldén has exhibited extensively, both in Sweden and internationally, most recently at Art Lab Gnesta together with Grafikens Hus, the Jewish museum C/O the Textile Museum of Sweden in Borås, RIBOCA1 (The Riga Biennial of Contemporary Art), Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Roskilde Festival and Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen. Recent solo shows include After the Rain at Varbergs Konsthall, A New We – Chapter 2 at Kunsthall Trondheim in Norway and The Exploding Book at Konstakademien in Stockholm. In 2017 he participated in the Momentum 9, The Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art 2017 in Moss, Norway, with a new series of work called New New Hampshire & Clouds.

Johannes Heldén (b. 1978) holds an MFA from Valand Academy of Fine Arts, Gothenburg (1999-2004). He was the recipient of the Åke Andrén Art Prize in 2015 and the project Evolution (in collaboration with Håkan Jonson) won the inaugural N. Katherine Hayles prize in 2014. Recent exhibitions include Flowers in Art at ARKEN Museum of Modern Art (2021), After the Rain at Varbergs Konsthall (2020), Shapeshifters at Malmö Konstmuseum (2020), Kosmologiska Pilar at Bonniers Konsthall (2019), and at Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale 2019.

Heldén is represented in the collections of Moderna Museet, Malmö Art Museum, Borås Art Museum, Public Art Agency Sweden, and Maria Bonnier Dahlin Foundation. He is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, Hawthornden Castle among others.

Press

2019
”…suggestiva studier över en fantasivärld…”, SvD / Joanna Persman Read more…
”Poetiskt rymdepos med destination språket”, SvD / Sebastian Lönnlöv Read more…
”Johannes Heldén på resa till en okänd planet”, DN / Viola Bao Read more…
”Exoplanetär florfauna”, Expressen / Daniel Sjölin Read more…
”…hemlighetsfullt glimmande existens.”, GP / Hanna Nordenhök Read more…
Cecilia Hillström i nya lokaler”, Omkonst / Susanna Slöör Read more…
”Desert X i Kalifornien”, Jenny Danielsson / Konsten.net Read more… 

2018
”Documents From the In-Between”, 
Jacquelyn Davis / Kunstkritikk Read more…

Exhibitions

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