Sofia Hultén (b. 1972 in Stockholm, lives in Berlin) delicately occupies herself in her videos, installations, sculptures and photographs with the wide variety of opportunities for action. By reconstructing or rearranging courses of events she explores in the process banal everyday procedures like eating an apple as well as the character and history of profane objects with little value like a worn piece of wood or an old toolbox she finds at construction or demolition sites. She hence regularly succeeds in breaking through conventional patterns of perception and tracing unknown dimensions in the everyday.
In Versions of Events (2011), for example, she plays out the different variants of occurrences alluded to in the title by altering the seemingly predictable causality of the course of events and in doing, triggers a chain reaction. But the actions that resulted in the six different sculptures that each consist of stockings, a gym shoe, a pin and a plastic bag remains just as ambiguous as the consequences they will have. In general, the objects in Sofia Hultén’s works appear as fragments from narrative larger context, similar to the momentary occurrences in a short story. At the same time, however, the varying plotlines indicate that things are not static and inflexible but are found instead in a continuum of time and space consisting of the past, present and future. By employing philosophical and physics texts in addition to Science Fiction literature for her subtle works, Hultén regularly poses the question “What if …” again.
Along with the 2009 Kunstfond Grant and other prizes, Sofia Hultén received the 2011 Moderna Museets Vänner Sculpture Award and participated in international group exhibitions at the National Gallery of Iceland (2012) and the Today Art Museum Beijing (2010). Her work has also been seen at solo shows organised by the Langen Foundation, Neuss (2012), the Künstlerhaus Bremen (2008) and the Kunstverein Nürnberg (2007).
The exhibition is being supported by:
Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur
Stiftung Braunschweigischer Kulturbesitz