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Julia Bondesson, Cradle My Bones, 2021. Still from video © Julia Bondesson, Alexander Wireen
 
 
On October 23, Moderna Museet Malmö opens Julia Bondesson – Cradle My Bones. The exhibition presents several new works and different aspects of Julia Bondesson’s artistry: wood sculptures, videos and paintings. The exhibition will be activated regularly through performances.
 
JULIA BONDESSON
Cradle My Bones
October 23, 2021 – January 30, 2022
Right och New Galleries
Curator: Andreas Nilsson

 
Julia Bondesson combines aesthetics with psychology in her works. Bodies and body parts, charged with both beauty and melancholy, are recurrent features. The carefully carved and chiselled sculptures, with occasional scorch marks, have an exposed and vulnerable quality. Gently, they take possession of the room, like entities seemingly at rest.

Julia Bondesson explores the symbiosis between body and soul. Her inspirations include Chinese philosophy and embodied cognition, where development is furthered through active cooperation between the senses and the physical body. With performative works, the artist takes an animistic approach, blurring the boundary between object and subject. Bondesson refers to the performative action and her collaboration with the sculptures as “a dance” that gives rise to an intimate and emotional relationship between them. The sculptures become ambivalent characters – both objects and living beings – vessels travelling between the static and active states.

Julia Bondesson (b. 1983) lives and works in north Scania, Sweden. She graduated from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm in 2011 and has also studied hand puppetry in Taiwan and art in Japan and Thailand. Recent solo exhibitions include Sunburst (Belenius, Stockholm, 2021), Ghost Dance (Eskilstuna konstmuseum, Eskilstuna, 2019), All Natural Movements (Krognoshuset Aura, Lund, 2018), Ny förbindelse (Hertha Hillfon c/o Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, 2018), and Vertical Phantom (Vandalorum, Värnamo, 2017). In 2015, the artist was awarded the Beckers artist grant. Julia Bondesson is represented in Moderna Museet’s collection.

The exhibition is activated through performances taking place at 14:00 on October 23, November 27 and 28 and January 29 och 30, 2022.
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