Artistic image: purple light, two lights, stairs and a cat.

Staring Into the Sun Until It Turns Purple – graduation exhibition MFA and BFA Photography

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This exhibition, by 29 graduating students, offers a large selection of works where the artists both use and expand photography as a medium.

29 Apr 2023 - 21 May 2023
Röda Sten Konsthall

The show's title takes inspiration from contemplating the source of reflected light, letting the mind focus entirely on one thing; a star, a concept, or an image until it transforms before your eyes. It changes hue or shape and bleeds into the surroundings. It changes its form as you stare into it and lingers as an afterimage on the retina and in your mind.

The themes are of various kinds, but seemingly most of them appear highly current, such as; climate change, gender politics, society, technology, and various personal matters. Together they serve as expressions of how widely the medium can be used, and how intertwined photography is with different aspects of contemporary life and society.  

Date: Saturday April 29  
Time: 12:00–18:00. 

Opening program  
Time: 13:00–14:40
Venue: Röda Sten Konsthall, Katedralen

13:00: Welcome by Mia Christersdotter Norman, Director, Röda Sten Konsthall 

13:00: Opening speech, Klara Björk, Head of Department, HDK-Valand 

13:20: Speech by Lex Eliot Rose and Liis Ring, graduating students 

13:30: Speech by the teachers for the bachelor’s and master’s program in photography Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff, Adjunct Professor and Res, Lecturer, HDK-Valand   

13:45: Song performed by graduating students  

13:50: Congratulations from the teachers Nina Mangalanayagam, Senior Lecturer and program director BA Photography and Anna Strand, Senior Lecturer and program director MA Photography, HDK-Valand 

14:00: Mingle and refreshments with “Karaoke by nature” musical performance by Felicia Engstrøm, featuring Liis Ring 

Opening hours for the exhibition
Wednesday at 12.00–20.00
Thursday–Friday at 12.00–17.00
Saturday–Sunday at 12.00–18.00

Information about all of this year's graduation exhibitions here!