Emma Bäcklund is a Swedish artist whose practice includes photography, performance and text.


Bäcklund draws from her background in dance and interest in neuroscience to make work that is deeply influenced by both cognitive and physical experiences. She is interested in performative aspects of the photograph and the influence images have on habitual and gestural relations. She approaches photography as a corporeal process in which the audience’s own bodies often play an important role. Her focus continually returns to the ambiguities of both the physical and the photographic.


Central aspects of Bäcklund’s research involve everyday bodily gestures, physical labour, the history of dance, philosophical theory and the image-culture. Recent works explore situations of care, restraint and vulnerability through questioning precomposed views of the female body.  She is interested in how the still image can explore movement by situating the body in a sphere of fictive construction and turning it into an “image-body”. 

Bäcklund received her MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art, London, U.K, in 2017. Previous education includes a BA in Photography from London College of Communication (2015) and a Foundation Diploma in Graphic Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (2012), as well as an Art and Design Diploma from Stockholm University of Arts, Stockholm, Sweden (2010). She is currently part of the European Prospect project “A Woman's Work” and organiser of Artists and Allies Berlin. 

Bäcklund's practice stretches into fields of curation, event programming, workshops and teaching.