In I Have Scrutinized Every Stone and Log on the Southwest Side of the Mountain, Carola Grahn unfolds her ongoing investigation of the gap between how society looks at her, as sami, artist, white, woman, mother, whatever… and how she perceives herself and the world. The gap between the person and all the roles she is expected to play in relation to other people as well as society-at-large. The failure of each attempt at constructing the imaginary other.

The title I Have Scrutinized Every Stone and Log on the Southwest Side of the Mountain is a phrase taken from one of Grahn’s text-videos of 2016.

About Carola Grahn
Carola Grahn (b. 1982) is of south Sámi descent. She grew up in Jokkmokk and received a master of fine arts from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm in 2013. She has also studied at Beckmans College of Design and at the Photo Institute in Gamelby.

Her work has recently been exhibited at:

the Onsite Gallery, OCADU, Toronto, CA (2019), IAIA Museum Of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), Santa Fe, US (2019), Esker Foundation, Calgary, CA (2019), Konstmuseet i Norr, Kiruna (2018), Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal, CA (2018), Konsthall C, Stockholm (2018), Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, CA (2018), Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, CA (2018), Nordic Matters, Southbank Centre, London, UK (2017), Kulturrådets yearly conference, Oslo, NO (2017), Art Museum University of Toronto, CA (2017), Kunsthall Trondheim, NO (2017), Sámi Dáiddaguovddáš/ Sami Center of Contemporary Art, Karasjok, NO (2017) and Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), Oslo, NO (2017).

Carola has received various stipendiums and her work is represented in the collections of Statens Konstråd, Konstmuseet i Norr, Ajtte Museum of Sami Culture and the Mountain Region, as well as in Iaspis’ archive.

She has written about Sami art for Afterall Magazine and has been editor of a special issue focusing on Sami Culture in Hjärnstorm Journal.

Carola is one of the founders of the Sami Girl Gang together with Silje Figenschou Toresen.

The exhibition at Röda Sten Konsthall is Carola Grahn’s first solo show in Sweden after her graduation. She lives and works in Malmö.


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