Academy of Art and Design Degree Exhibition with Bachelor´s and Master´s Programmes in Photography.


Staring Into the Sun Until It Turns Purple

About the Exhibition

The show’s title takes inspiration from contemplating the source of reflected light, letting the mind focus entirely on one thing; a star, a concept, or an image until it transforms before your eyes. It changes hue or shape and bleeds into the surroundings. It changes its form as you stare into it and lingers as an afterimage on the retina and in your mind.

This exhibition, by 29 graduates from the BA and MA program at HDK-Valand, offers a large selection of works where the artists both use and expand photography as a medium. The themes are of various kinds, but seemingly most of them appear highly current, such as; climate change, gender politics, society, technology, and various personal matters. Together they serve as expressions of how widely the medium can be used, and how intertwined photography is with different aspects of contemporary life and society.


BA3: Jacob Aars, Inger Renée Allison (she/her), Nadja Brečević (she/her), Merlin-Jon Bresinski (he/him), Thea Josefin Cedervall (she/her), Adrian Christensen (he, him), Felicia Engstrøm, Ronja Fridholm Engström (she/her) ELI ELI ELI (she/her they/them), Sunniva Hestenes (they/them), Lex Eliot Rose (they/them), Robin Iborn (he/him), Ida Kaae, Nilo Paknia (she/her), Milla Flyger (she/her), Hilda Blondie Tintin Randulv (she/her), Liis Ring (she/her), Kristina Aurora Simonsen, Émilie Vesvre (she/her), Henrik Wejfeldt (he/him).

MA2: Hulda Sif Ásmundsdóttir (she/her), Jošt Dolinšek (he/him), Jessica Ekström (she/her), Peter Frodin (he/him), Mette Hultesjö (she/her), Miina Anahita (fae/faer), Johan Fredrik Källman, Sonja Margrét Ólafsdóttir (she/her), Julian Slagman (he/him).

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Opening Program

Date: 29 April
Time: 1–2.40 p.m.
Place: Röda Sten Konsthall, Katedralen

1 p.m. Welcome by Mia Christersdotter Norman, Director, Röda Sten Konsthall 

1:10 p.m. Opening speech, Klara Björk, Head of Department, HDK-Valand 

1:20 p.m. Speech by Lex Eliot Rose and Liis Ring, graduating students 

1:30 p.m. Speech by the teachers for the bachelor’s and master’s program in photography Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff, Adjunct Professor and Res, Lecturer, HDK-Valand   

1:45 p.m. Congratulations from the teachers Nina Mangalanayagam, Senior Lecturer and program director BA Photography and Anna Strand, Senior Lecturer and program director MA Photography, HDK-Valand 

1:50 p.m. Mingle and refreshments with “Karaoke by nature” musical performance by Felicia Engstrøm, featuring Liis Ring 

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