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2020.11.30

View Winzip Senses online at fargfabriken.se.

“Vanja Sandell Billströms and Reza Hazares, one of the artist duos in the project Shared History*, built their artistic collaboration on sharing stories. Their method of exploring different interpretations of “shared history” was to take turns being the listener and the narrator. Questions about privileges, responsibilities and how both memories and bodies are deformed by living under pressure as a result of stress or exile, were central points of departure from which their personal stories are told.

With the in Sweden so-called refugee crisis in 2015 as a starting point, we take part of two different perspectives that show personal contemplations in the middle of a historical event. In Winzip Senses, the feeling of isolation plays a big role. The walls of the apartment and everyday objects are given new ambiguous meanings and become both a security and a wall to the outside world. When we are currently experiencing a completely different crisis, a pandemic that forces us to physically shield ourselves from each other, we can see the film from a new horizon and open up for new readings of the stories that are told. ”

Färgfabriken is an art venue in Stockholm, Sweden. Winzip Senses is available on Färgfabriken’s website until the 21th of January 2021: fargfabriken.se

*The Shared History project was a collaboration between Färgfabriken, LCCA in Latvia and the Baltic Sea Cultural Center in Poland, co-financed by the EU’s Creative Europe program.


2020.11.17

Park in competition for 1 KM Film at Stockholm International Film Festival

Stockholm International Film Festival has since the start together with the Swedish Film Institute presented one of the biggest short film awards called 1 KM film to a promising new director who will get the chance to film a new short film .

1 KM Film
Tue 17th of Nov, 5 pm, Bio Mauritz, Filmhuset


2020.10.24

Park in the National Competition at the 39th Uppsala Short Film Festival 

National Competition 5
Sat 24/10 at 3 pm, Reginateatern, Uppsala
Short film festival Play: 19-25 October


2020.09.27

The 33rd Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy

The film Park has been selected for the program SHORT DOCS: MICROCOSMOS
The Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy (Finnish: Rakkautta & Anarkiaa) is a non-competitive film festival held since 1988 in Helsinki, Finland, yearly in September. The festival promotes the artistry of filmmaking, the inventive, visually stunning and controversial new films, revealing the promising talents of tomorrow. The festival was named after the 1973 Lina Wertmüller film Love and Anarchy.

27.9. at 4.15
Kinopalatsi 10, Helsinki


2020.08.20 – 2020.08.30

Park in group exhibition at Färgfabriken, Stockholm.

Manifestation Lövholmen – About sixty artists and creators participate in an initiative to draw attention to Lövholmen as a cultural hub in Stockholm. The former industrial area has for more than 25 years functioned as an important production site for culture, but today Lövholmen is undergoing and facing major changes.

20 – 30 of August
Thursday to Sunday: 11 am – 4 pm
Färgfabriken, Lövholmsbrinken 1, Stockholm


2020.05

”The Photographer” is referenced in a text by Eric Sundevåg: ”Fotografiet och det rituella”

Text: http://ugotphotography.se/fotografiet-och-det-rituella/ 
Digital degree show, BFA Photography: https://hdk-valand-exam2020.se/en/eric-sundevag/


2020.03.05

Tempo Sound Award goes to Park!

Vi blir bjudna på en oväntat underhållande resa genom ljudets värld, som lämnar oss med en musikalisk upplevelse, trots att filmen inte innehåller någon musik. Det känns uppenbart att filmarna haft en tydlig vision av ljudets roll i sin skapandeprocess och att de vågat ge ljudet en central plats för berättandet. Ljud, framför allt inom dokumentärfilm, är ofta nedprioriterat och används många gånger som en sista lösning för att binda ihop handling och utformning. Denna film gör motsatsen.

Thank you, the best sound designer Claes Lundberg! And thank you Tempo and Momento Film!


2020.02.05

PARK is nominated to Tempo Short Award!

Tempo Documentary Festival is the largest festival of its kind in Sweden. This years festival tkaes place in Stockholm between 2 – 8 March.

Screenings:
Sat 7 March, 1:30 pm at Bio Rio.
Sun 9 March, 1:00 pm at Victoria.

 

 

 


2019.12.10

PARK is nominated to Best Swedish Short Competition!

PARK is a short documentary by Lucia Pagano and Vanja Sandell Billström. The film is now in the prestigious competition at Göteborg Film Festival.

World premiere: the 26th of January, Göteborg, Sweden.


2019.09.10

Participating artist at the inauguration of Mindepartementet, Stockholm.

17.00 – 00.00, Mindepartementet, Royal Institute of Art, Slupskjulsvägen 26A, Stockholm, Sweden.

On the september 10 the Royal Institute of Art inaugurates the Mindepartementet, the school’s new location at Skeppsholmen for teaching and research in moving image, photography, performance and sound art. The evening is celebrated with a festival filled with performance, film and installations.


2018.12.04

Winzip Senses is screened at Filmbar #21, Malmö.

7-9:30 pm. Monbijougatan 17, (enter through the courtyard). Organized by: FilmCentrum Syd, Grand Öl & Mat and Folkets Bio Malmö with support from ABF Malmö & Malmö Stad.


2018.10.24 – 2018.10.27

Winzip Senses selected for the 37th Uppsala International Short Film Festival. 

Winzip Senses (Hazare/Sandell) is going to be screened in the National Competion at the 37th Uppsala International Short Film Festival.

Screenings:
Swedish short film 1
Wedneday 24th of October at 5 pm.
Saturday 27th of October at 1 pm.

The full programme will be published on their website in the beginning of October: www.shortfilmfestival.com


2018.05.05 – 2018.06.03

Winzip Senses is screened at Baltic Sea Cultural Centre, Gdansk.

In addition to the exhibition Shared History with works by Ibrahim Mouhanna and Agnieszka Wołodźko, Rezas and my film “Winzip Senses” is being screened at St. John’s Centre in Gdansk.

St. John’s Centre, 50 Świętojańska Street, Gdansk
Open daily 10 am – 6 pm


2018.05.05 – 2018.08.19

SHARED HISTORY – GROUP SHOW AT FÄRGFABRIKEN

With: Valeria Montti Colque, Hala Alnaji, Vanja Sandell Billström och Reza Hazare.

Opening the 5th of May, 11 – 5, talk at 2.30 pm.
Location: Färgfabriken, Lövholmsbrinken 1 , 117 43 Stockholm

Öppettider: torsdag 11-19, fredag 11-16, lördag – söndag 11-17.

Shared History is a cross-disciplinary project with the goal of critically connecting and artistically interpreting the different reactions on the refugee situation that are strongly affecting, shaping and dividing the European Union, on both a political and domestic level. With a Baltic scope, the project’s creative research process will approach issues such as policy making, judicial and geographical borders, statistics, identity, public opinion and post-truth information related to migration and integration in Sweden, Poland and Latvia.

The exhibition Shared History opens in Färgfabrik’s project rooms on May the 5th. The exhibition shows two installations processed during several months of collaboration between the artist Valeria Montti Colque and the architect Hala Alnaji, as well as the artists Vanja Sandell Billström and Reza Hazare.The architect Hala Alnaji and the artist Valeria Montti have explored how the relationship with nature is connected with integration and with people’s thought and dreams of feeling at home. What does the ”Swedish nature” mean to those who recently arrived in Sweden?

The artists Vanja Sandell Billström and Reza Hazare creates a collective view based on questions of privilege, responsibility and how both memories and bodies are deformed by living under pressure as a result of stress and refuge.

The designers Gabriel Maher and Isabel Mager stand for a graphic deconstruction of the project application. By dissecting the bureaucratic graphical interface, the idea of measurable culture and its instrumental purpose is clarified.


2017.11.23

Guest lecturer at the BFA programme in Independent Filmmaking, Akademin Valand.


2017.09.30
FILM SCREENING AND TALK BY VANJA SANDELL BILLSTRÖM

In addition to the group show: ”Dörren i muren” på Konstfrämjandet, Östergatan 9A, Malmö. Part of Malmö Gallery Night.


2017.09.08
“DÖRREN I MUREN” (The Door In the Wall)
Group show at Konstfrämjandet, Östergatan 9A, Malmö, Sweden.
Participating artists: Vanja Sandell Billström, Monika Marklinger, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Goldin + Senneby.
Curators: Kalle Brolin och Hans Carlsson.

Opening reception 8th of September, kl. 17-20. The show will be open until the 7th of October.

“Dörren i muren” is an exhibition concerned with artistic method, based on close readings of the complete works of writer Sven Lindqvist (b. 1932). The exhibition revolves around the artistic, philosophical and rhetorical methods of Lindqvist, which are here compared to modes of working in the context of contemporary art. [read more…]


2017.02.15:
Receiving the 3 years studio-grant of Stockholm Municipality .

2017.02.12
ARTIST CONVERSATION BETWEEN KARIN SANDBERG AND VANJA SANDELL BILLSTRÖM
This weekend is the last chance to see the video work Utsikterna (in english: The Views). In addition to this there will be an artist conversation between Karin Sandberg and Vanja Sandell Billström, Sunday February the 12th, at 2. pm.
Welcome!
Kastellgatan 10, 411 22 Göteborg
Opening hours: Tuesday –Thursday  1–5 pm, Saturday–Sunday 12–4 pm.

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2017.01.13 – 2017.02.12

SOLO SHOW AT GALLERI BOX

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UTSIKTERNA

Vanja Sandell Billström

13/1 – 12/2

Galleri Box, Göteborg

Opening reception Friday the 13th, 6-9 pm.

Galleri Box , Kastellgatan 10, 411 22 Göteborg
Opening hours: Tuesday –Thursday  1–5 pm, Saturday–Sunday 12–4 pm.
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2016.10.04

RECEIVING ONE-YEAR-GRANT FROM THE SWEDISH ARTS GRANTS COMMITTEE.

2016.10.04

GUEST LECTURER AT THE BFA PROGRAMME IN INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING, AKADEMIN VALAND, GÖTEBORG

2016.05.13 – 2016.05.21

OPENING FOR BRONWYN BAILEY-CHARTERIS’ VIDEO INSTALLATION ”PENELOPE AND LUCINDA”

Penelope: Anna Kinbom
Lucinda: Iris Smeds
The Swimmer: Sanna Taune
Art Director: Angela Woda
Videographer (Penelope): Vanja Sandell Billström
Videographer (Lucinda): Lucia Pagano
Editor: Nick Garner

Research Assistant: Evan Bailey
Exhibition Response: Jasmine Hinks
Exhibition Scenography: Joanna Nordin
Academic Seminars: Annika Wik and Josefine Wikstrom

The work is shown as part of Mejan Residents‘ exhibtion FOOTERING NOTES.

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Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/159004277833512/

Opening of Exhibition at Galleri Mejan,Skeppsholmen.
5pm – 8pm
Exhibition continues until Saturday 21st May
Open weekends 12pm-5pm and weekdays 12-6pm

Galleri Mejan, Execrisplan 3, Stockholm.

2015.10.16

GUEST LECTURER AT THE BFA PROGRAMME IN INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING, AKADEMIN VALAND, GÖTEBORG

2015.09.01 – 2015.11.01

MAP OF THE NEW ART, IMAGO MUNDI – LUCIANO BENETTON COLLECTION

Venezia – Fondazione Cini, Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore

Almost 7,000 artist with 10×12 cm artworks from Imago Mundi, Luciano Benetton’s global art project. The exhibition includes collections from more than 40 nations and native peoples representing the five continents.

The book ”Archive of Visions and Actions – Contemporary Art from Sweden” presents 214 artworks by 227 Swedish artists together with introductory texts to the artist and their artworks. The book contains essays by project architect and collector Luciano Benetton, curator Paula von Set and art critic Dan Jönsson. Editors: PhD Art Historian Jacon Kimvall, curator Paula von Seth and journalist Sven Carlsson.

Opening: Monday, 31 August 2015, 7 pm

2015.04.16 – 2015.04.19

SUPERMARKET ART FAIR

Tor – Fre 12.00–20.00, Lör – Sön 11.00–20.00. Svarta Huset, Telefonplan, Stockholm. 

Inbjuden av Verkstad: Rum för konst att visa videoverket ”Lagrat liv”. I samband med detta förhandsläpps boken Rum för konst ‘9-15 där jag bidragit med en text.

2015.04.16 – 2015.04.19

SUPERMARKET ART FAIR

Invited by Verkstad: Rum för konst to show the video intstallation ”Lagrat liv”. In connection to the event there will be a pre-launch of the book ”Rum för konst ‘9-15” where Vanja is one of the contributors.

Thu-Fri 12–8 pm, Sat-Sun 11-8pm. Svarta Huset, Telefonplan, Stockholm. 

2015.04.10

RELEASE PARTY FOR THE FILM MAGAZINE FILMÖGON

Screening of works by:
Annika Eriksson | Patrik Eriksson | Maria von Hausswolff | Carl-Henrik Svenstedt | Lisa Jeannin & Rolf Schuurmans | Vanja Sandell Billström 

Contributors to the magazine: Ehab Aljaby, Gert Aspelin, Bianca Maria Barmen, Axel Berger, Nina Bondeson, Kalle Brolin, Kira Carpelan, Malte Conrad, Peter Dacke, Martin Dahlqvist, Annika Eriksson, Patrik Eriksson, Christina Erman Widerberg, Erik Hemmendorff, Lisa Jeannin, Dan Jönsson, Tamara de Laval, Johanne Lykke Holm, Szilvia Molnar, Kristina Müntzig, Vanja Sandell Billström, Rolf Schuurmans, Annika Svenbro, Carl-Henrik Svenstedt, Isabel Theselius, Mim Tosting, Benjamin Wagner, Joel Widerberg, David Zimmerman.

Facebook-event: https://www.facebook.com/events/387993184733909/

7 pm, Industrigatan 26, Malmö.

2015.03.19

INTERVIEW IN VIDEOFOCUS STIGMART10 ART REVIEW 12TH EDITION.

http://issuu.com/stigmart10press/docs/stigmart_videofocus_special_edition_0913d9a6da771d/4


2015.02.28

MODER BLOD #1 2015
5 PM, TELLUS BIO, STOCKHOLM

Screening of the film ”What there is”. Vanja will be present for a Q&A. To attend, please sign up at: http://goo.gl/forms/dWIvx4OaH3 Welcome!

Tellus Bio, Vattenledningsvägen 46, 126 33 Hägersten, Sweden

2015.01.22-2015.02.02

LET ME TELL YOU A STORY
GÖTEBORGS KONSTHALL

New video art from the Nordic countries is exhibited at Göteborgs Konsthall as part of the Gothenburg Film Festival in 2015. The exhibition is open January 22 to February 2. The first edition of a long term cooperation between Göteborgs Konsthall and the film festival, the exhibition is called “Let Me Tell You a Story” and includes works by artists from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS & WORKS:
Salla Tykkä: Giant (2014)

Vanja Sandell Billström: Det Som Finns (2014)
Lene Berg: Gompen og andre beretninger om overvåking i Norge 1948-89 (2014)
Sille Storihle & Jumana Manna: The Goodness Regime (2014)
Laura Horelli: A Letter to Mother (2013)
Eva Tind: This Is Not The End of The World (2014)
Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir och Markús Þór Andrésson: Time and Time and Again (2014)

3 december 2014: ”What There Is” is screened at Filmbar #13, 6.30 pm at Skånes Konstförening, Bragegatan 15, Malmö.

20 – 26th of October 2014: The film ”What There Is” is in the competition for Best Swedish Short at 33rd Uppsala International Short Film Festival.

17 – 19th of October 2014: In conjunction with the Survival Kit Festival in Umeå and the Bothnia Biennal in Vasa the films What There Is and The Photographer is being screened at the Art Boat Weekend curated by Galleri Maskinen.

27th of September – 12th of October 2014: Solo show at Verkstad – Rum För Konst, Norrköping.

15th of September 2014: Screening of ”The Photographer” at Prosecco e Pop Corn, Bari, Italy.

27 August 2014: Film screening and talk at Norrköping Art Museum. 5-8 pm.

1-3 August 2014: Group exhibition at Stockholm Music & Arts, curated by Maria Lind, Ulrika Flink and Amanda Newall. Publication ”Guidance”, edited by Hans Carlsson.

June 2014: Art magazine Paletten #296 (Peeping Tom p. 28)

1 Juni – 31 August 2014: Three months recidency program at Norrköping Air