KaleidoLA Speaker Series 6.0: KARLSSON RIXON, Visual Artist


Karlsson Rixon (b. 1962) belongs to a generation of photographers that emerged in Sweden in the early 1990’s. With a feminist approach, Rixon contributed to making photography a part of the Swedish contemporary art scene. She exhibited extensively nationally and internationally ever since, published several books, and are represented at Moderna Muséet Stockholm, Gothenburg Art Museum, Hasselblad Foundation and more. She was previously a professor at the School of Photography at University of Gothenburg, have a MFA in fine art from California Institute of the Arts (1997) and a doctoral degree in photography from Valand Academy (2016). As part of her art practice they are involved in research, curatorial work, and book production. Karlsson Rixon work inquire into performative aspects of identity, and explore photography’s ability to visualize, as well as produce, community. Her work is permeated by a low-key political activism that in a methodical way encourages the viewer to reflect on their own point of view. Between 2006-2016 she implemented a significant art project on queer living in Russia. The first part, State of Mind, is a photography and video based installation on the situation for lesbian women in St. Petersburg between 2006-07, and was made in collaboration with Anna Viola Hallberg. The artists spent years touring the installation in all from Russia and Belarus to California, collaborating with local queer activists on the workshop Lezzie Think Tank. The second part, At the Time of the Third Reading, was photographed 2013 at a women’s summer camp and resulted in a series of exhibition prints as well as a book with the photographs combined with texts and interviews by/with Russian activists. The entire project constituted Karlsson Rixon’s PhD project in photography: Queer Community through Photographic Acts.  In June 2018, Nakenakt (Nude). Agunbiade-Kolawole, Karlsson Rixon and Zorn. opened at the Thiel Gallery in Stockholm. It is co-curated with museum director Patrik Steorn. In connection with the exhibition, Karlsson Rixon is making an artist book together with author Mara Lee. It will be released by Art and Theory publishing in August. Since 2017, Karlsson Rixon is also working with Mikela Lundahl Hero, historian of ideas, on the research project Horizon of Expectation that takes its point of departure in locations where the presence of migrant people and temporary shelters are palpable. Part of the project, on September 14 the exhibition Mobilitée Mémorable (Memorable Mobility) opens at Musée des Beaux Arts Rouen in France. Karlsson Rixon are also part of the Pendulum - Moving Goods, Moving People exhibition that opens at the MAST foundation in Bologna, Italy in October.

KaleidoLA: The Speaker Series of the Department of Art & Art History provides a context to explore a ‘kaleidoscopic’ range of interdisciplinary and intersecting experiences in the art world.  Drawn primarily from Los Angeles arts professionals, the speaker series features presentations and workshops by a spectrum of emerging and veteran practitioners, as well as, recent alumni from LMU’s art and art history program. 

The series is free and open to the university and the public. 

Friday, November 2, 2018 at 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Murphy Recital Hall
1955 Ignatian Circle, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA

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