Ylva Ogland She, an Introduction
Born in 1974 in Umeå in northern Sweden, Ylva Ogland is one of the brightest artistic stars of her generation. From a very early age she developed a unique artistic language, delving into the entire register offered by painting. To Ogland, painting is both a language in and of itself, as well as a state in which she creates quickly and confidently, without sketching or relying on assistance from devices such as projections. She surrounds herself with and regularly returns to her motifs, which consist of personal mythologies rooted in her individual life experiences. Her paintings often include installation elements and ritualistic performances, as she processes such subjects as memory, death and different states and levels of consciousness, while also addressing the line between art and reality.
She, an Introduction is published on the occasion of her solo exhibition She in Four Acts at Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm in 2015. The book’s rich image material contains a wide selection of works starting with a project in process from March 2015 and going back to 1990 when the artist was 16 years of age. The book includes texts by Sara Arrhenius, Nicolas Bourriaud and Sinziana Ravini, Marina Fokidis and Nicola Trezzi, all writers, scholars and curators who have followed Ogland’s work for a longer period of time and in very different ways have been deeply influenced by her world of ideas, memories and fantasies.
A special and limited edition of 50 copies has also been produced. Here the book is given a handwritten title and is placed in a beautiful archive box. In the box is also a piece of cloth, cut from one of Ogland’s paintings and a work of art in itself. Finally a number of facsimiles of Ogland’s work are placed in the box.
Editors: Sara Arrhenius, Sofia Curman
Contributors: Sara Arrhenius, Nicolas Bourriaud, Marina Fokidis, Sinziana Ravini and Nicola Trezzi
Design: Patric Leo
Published by: Bonniers Konsthall and Silvana Editoriale, 2015