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EDUCATION

2024 – Methods of Writing in an Artistic Practice, HDK Valand - Academy of Art and Design (distance).

2024 – Visual Culture, Linnæus University (distance).

2015 – 2017  MA Photography, (first class dissertation), Royal College of Art, London, UK.

2012 – 2015  BA (Hons) Photography, (first class), London College of Communication, London, UK.

2011 – 2012  Foundation Diploma Art and Design, (merit), Central Saint Martins, London, UK.

2010 – 2011  Foundation Diploma Art and Design, (merit), Folkuniversitetet, Stockholm, Sweden.

RESIDENCIES

2023   ISSP Riga, Latvia

2022   DUPLEX, Lisbon, Portugal

2022   PADA Studios, Lisbon, Portugal

2020   Officina, Berlin, Germany

2019   SÍM Korpúlfsstaðir residency, Reykavik, Iceland

2018   TAKING HOLD - THE DOUBLE BRIDGE, residency led by Phoebe Davies at PRAKSIS with events held in collaboration with Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway

2018   Studio4 Residency at Chisenhale Studios, London, UK

2016   Arts Letters & Numbers, Albany, New York, US

AWARDS

2022   ISSP Nordic - Baltic Scholarship

2021   Nordic Culture Point Grant, Mobility funding.

2021   The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, International exchange and travel grant

2020   The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, International exchange and travel grant

2020   Nordic Culture Point Grant

2020   Shortlisted for Contemporary Calgary 

2019-2020  A Woman’s Work – Creative Europe Programme of the EU 

2019   Helge Ax:son Johnsons Grant

2018   Longlisted for Berlin Art Prize

2016   Otto and Charlotte Mannheimer foundation

2015   Postgraduate support scheme grant, Royal College of Art


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2024   Touch me not, Forget me not, Estufa Fria, Lisbon, Portugal. 

2023   Renegades, flashmob performance, Riga, Latvia.

2020   Belly of the Beast, Artists & Allies, Sankt Studio, Berlin, Germany.

2018   Clench, Lady Beck's, Leeds, UK. 

2018   Walls have Tongues, Chisenhale Art Place, Chisenhale studio 4, London, UK.

2017   Sloppy Tails Grow from Walls, curated by Trine Stephenson, A Corner With,

London, UK.

GROUP

2023   Der Greif, Past & Present: Weekend at Pinakothek der Moderne, München, Germany.

2022   PADA Studios, Barreiro, Portugal.

2021   Sculptural Landscapes, Galleri Format, Malmö, Sweden.

2021   Fleshy Poems/Tuning Tentacles, exhibition and performance in collaboration with Katja/Kay Taavitsainen, Sankt Studio, Berlin, Germany.

2021   Performing Dawns, curated by Tom Lovelace, Hoxton Gallery, London, UK.

2020   Foto festival Lenzburg.

2020   Odesa Photo Days.

2019   Der Greif, Berlin Photo Week, Kraftwerk, Berlin, Germany.

2019   Rehearsing the Real, Copeland Gallery, Photo London, Peckham24, London, UK.

2019   Falling Upwards, Alte Münze, Berlin, Germany.

2019   Keep Your Eyes Peeled, AFF Gallery, Gallery Weekend, Berlin, Germany.

2019   SÍM (Samband íslenskra myndlistarmanna) Reykjavik, Iceland.

2019   Departure, Arrival, Return, Kunsthaus KuLe, Transmediale Vorspiel, Berlin, Germany. 

2018   Field(s), Sluice, London, UK.

2018   Landskrona Photography Festival, Sweden.

2018   The Salamander Devours its Tail Twice, Gallery 46, London, UK.

2018   Emerge/ncy, Galerie Mausefalle, Transmediale Vorspiel, Berlin, Germany.

2017   Making It Real: Analogue LDN at Ugly Duck, London, UK.

2017   Degree show | MA Photography, Royal College of Art, London, UK.

2017   At Home She’s a Tourist, curated by Tom Lovelace, Copeland Gallery (with tours for Photo London VIP, The Photographers’ Gallery and Tate Patrons) London, UK.

2017   Tate Modern, Offprint London, self-published book Curved Spine,  London, UK.

2016   Brighton Photo Fringe | S.KIN Journal, group exhibition; The Unfold, Brighton, UK.

2016   Tate Modern, Offprint London, self-published book Moving Mountains, London, UK.

2016   Aether, Imperial College, London, UK.

2016   To Become Invisible (The Flux of Disappearance), Self published book | as part of

Paper|Publication|Performance, Lychee One Gallery, London, UK.

2016   Work in Progress show | Royal College of Art, London, UK.

2015   Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China.

2015   The Kitchen Gallery, London, UK.

WORKSHOPS

2023   Workshops held for students at the ISSP Skola, ISSP, Riga, Latvia in January.

2020   Moving Together, Four day workshop in collaboration with children from Tamajas refugee housing in Neukölln, Berlin, Germany | as part of Officina art residency.

2019   Possibilities of the Photographic Body | Collaboration with Tom Lovelace at The Photographers Gallery, London, UK.
2018   Gester, workshop at Kunstnerernas Hus as part of Praksis collaborative residency, Oslo, Norway.

2018   Walls Have Tongues, Workshop with children from East London elementary schools

as part of Chisenhale Studio 4 residency, London, UK. 

2018   Walls Have Tongues, Workshop for adults as part of Chisenhale Studio 4 residency, London, UK.

PROJECTS | COLLABORATIONS

2024   Co-editor Still Life Magazine

2020   Co-founder Chapters 

2020   Co-founder Artists & Allies Berlin 

2020   Participant in A Woman's Work, European Prospects, Edinburgh, Scotland. 

2020   Collaboration with Adam Bromberg and Mack books. 

2017   Ongoing: member of Field/s - a collaborative peer group including practitioners in photography, curating and writing initiated by Thom Bridge, London, UK.

TEACHING | TALKS

2023   Artist talk, ISSP, Riga, Latvia.

2021   Guest tutor, Fine Art course, Farnham University. (Online)

2020   Artist talk, Manchester University, BA Photography. (Online)

2019   Guest tutor and lecturer, London College of Communication for BA Photography, University of Art and Design, London, UK.

2018   Guest tutor and lecturer, Swansea school of art, BA Photography, University of Art and Design, Swansea, UK.

2017   Guest tutor and lecturer, London College of Communication for BA Photography, University of Art and Design, London, UK.

CURATORIAL

2021  Assistant curator, Peepal & Banyan, Thx Again, Haus Der Statistik, Berlin, Germany.

2020  AN UNFINISHED HISTORY OF GLASS Joshua Leon followed by a conversation with Léon Kruijswijk, assistant Curator at KW. Hosted by Artists & Allies Berlin, Germany. (Online)

2020  Chapter One, exhibition hosted by Artists & Allies Berlin. Artists exhibited; Ramona Güntert and Sam Williams. Berlin, Germany. (Physical exhibition with an online tour)

2020  Susan Bennett (original voice of Siri) in conversation with writer McKenzie Wark, Artists & Allies Berlin, Germany. (Online)

2020  Event and program director, Artists & Allies Berlin, Germany.

2019  Falling Upwards, Lagoon Parliament, Alte Münze, Berlin, Germany.

2019  Departure, Arrival, Return, Lagoon Parliament, KuLe, Berlin, Germany.

2017  Curator Paper, Publication and Performance with Jonathan Miles, Lychee One Gallery, London, UK.

2015  Voice, Gesture, Sound, reading performance series with participants from Royal College of Art, Lychee One Gallery, London, UK.

ONLINE FEATURES

http://artistsandallies.art/

https://www.rodrigoorrantia.com/essays/on-touch/

https://www.europeanprospects.org/programme/emma

https://www.bjp-online.com/2017/05/peckham-24

https://www.rca.ac.uk/showcase/show-rca/emma-backlund/

https://www.sim-residency.info/SIM-Projects

https://stilllifemag.org/Less-Habitual-Grip

https://dergreif-online.de/contributors/emma-backlund/

https://dergreif-online.de/artist-feature/emma-backlund/#content-slider-old

https://photoworks.org.uk/showcase-emma-backlund/

https://intern-mag.com/emma-backlund/

https://www.praksisoslo.org/residents-list/2018/9/emma-bcklund

http://www.alvarmagazine.com/thoughts/emma-backlund/

https://www.bjp-online.com/tag/emma-backlund/

https://www.acornerwith.com/emma-backlund

https://www.source.ie/graduate/2015

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