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Preposition. (av latinets prepositio – ställning framför) ord som av, i, på, ur etc. , vilket vanligen står framför ett substantiv eller pronomen och tillsammans med detta utgör en bestämning till ett annat ord.

Prepositions often have a clear own meaning (before / after, below / above) but in fixed combinations with verb, this own meaning is often weakened: complain, longing for etc. In other languages, other prepositions can be used for corresponding verbs, eg English: complain of, long for. (Text Retrieved from Bonner’s Dictionary)

”Prepositions” are words used to describe different relationships between people, places, things.”Prepositioner” är ord som används för att beskriva olika förhållanden mellan personer, platser, saker.

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Ulla West. Based in Stockholm, born 1954 in Trollhättan.

After studies in literature and nordic languages at University of Gothenburg 1973 – 1975, followed art studies at Konstfack / College of Arts in Stockholm – sculpture and art pedagogics 1975 – 1980,  at Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm 1995 – photo printing, 1996 Konstfack – art theory, 2003 Royal Institute of Art – art and new media, 2007 Royal Institute of Art – Mejan Arc, art and architecture, 2009 Theories, Methods and Practises at Konstfack.

I am working with different media in installations, projects, exhibitions, commissions. The themes of work are elaborations on everyday existence, growing in rhizome-like ways often relating to the digital, and technology in a human context. The line of work involves movements, searching, site, sculpture, social life, film and photo, textile, text, with personal reflections on interactions. Every project is a long process, sometimes with no visible or spectacular result. I return to my interest in chemicals, in tools, in machines and all the time I work with letters and words, text. Text and texuality. Text and textile. Text and stories. Text as art. Text in art.

To make my ideas happen it is often necessary to work inter-disciplinary and non-disciplinary, to work things out in different ways outside frames of how-to-do and why.

see Poetic Attempt

Among exhibitions to mention: Aciliyet Mektebi SALT Istanbul 2015, Trollhättans Konsthall 2014, Kunsthall Trondheim 2013-14, HV Gallery Stockholm 2011, Art Biennial Beijing 2009, Hallwyllska Palace Stockholm 2009, Konstnärshuset Stockholm 2008, Västerås Art Museum 2007, YBCA-Yerba Buena Center for the Arts San Francisco 2007, Kaunas Art Biennial 2007, Skarstedt Gallery Stockholm 2004, Sculpture House Stockholm 2003, Swedish Embassy Tokyo 2001.

Artist’s residencies: Paris 1993, Bangkok 2003, IASPIS Stockholm 2005, Buenos Aires 2006,  Paris 2007, Wik 2008, Trondheim 2013, Hallen/Jämtland 2015, Circolo Scandinavo Rome 2016 and 2017.

Lectures, workshops and studio talks includes venues such as Konstfack/ College of art and design Stockholm, Södertörn University, Royal Institute of Art Stockholm, KTH Computer Science Stockholm, Modern Museum Stockholm, Swedish Embassy in Tokyo Japan, YBCA Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Chiang Mai University Art Museum Thailand, HRI/ University of Osaka Japan, HDK Gothenburg, Kunsthall Trondheim Norway, Aciliyet Mektebi Scool of Urgency SALT Istanbul.

before:

Since the first soloexhibition in Stockholm 1986 presenting paintings and large scale screenprints I started focus on textile materials and methods in my artwork, after beeing invited into the network Textile Group. Membership in TG between 1987 and 1990 involved running an art gallery, an archive over artworks for commissions and exhibitions in Stockholm and abroad. Exchanges with Norway, UK, Switzerland and Chile took place. During these years I worked with public commissions for State Art Council/Statens Konstråd and Stockholm municipality, and Stockholm Hospitals. These years also involved work with setdesign and costumes for theatre-, film- and TV-productions.

1990-1994 was an intense period of  Freudian psykoanalyse, four sessions a week during five years. This had an important impact in my life and work.

1995 I went back to perform poststudies in art theory, philosophy, digital media, programming, printing and photo transfers, art and new media at Royal College of Art and at Konstfack. Critical studies.

Inbetween 1998 and 2002 I was a member of the artistic network FAS Fiber Art Sweden based in Sweden, organizing exhibitions and events, at for example House of Sculpture, Palace of Hallwyllska in Stockholm, Västerås Art Museum. I learned programming html- and C++ coding and built FAS first website.

As part of the international female network of artists, No Problem,  followed a series of exchange exhibitions in Japan, Thailand, Norway, Denmark, Sweden.

1999-2003 I worked as project manager and coordinator at CRAC, Creative Room for Art and Computing in Stockholm and was 2004  commissioned as project manager of KISTA+ART, an experimental room for art, interactions and workshops incorporated in the shoppingmall in Kista. This was a collaborative project between Art Centra East/KC Öst – local district administration in Kista – IT University  – Konstfack.

After moving around in different rented studios I got the contract for a studio at Mosebacke in 2005.

2007-2010 I together with artist Anna Selander organised public art film screenings called Entrance For Film EFF, presenting short art films in public places such as the entrance of Konstnärernas Centralköp in Stockholm, Plattan Library Kulturhuset Stockholm, filmprogram outdoors for 12th Istanbul Biennial 2011.

As commissioned guest curator at Vita Kuben White Cube art space, Norrlandsoperan Umeå 2010, Vita Kuben was the initial public presentation of the mobile artist books library.

Since 2010  the studio at Mosebacke in Stockholm, also is the  base for the archive and the collection of artist’s books, MABL/Mobile Artist’s Books Library.