Education

2015 -- 2017  MA Photography, Royal College of Art, London, UK

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

2011 – 2012  Foundation Diploma Art and Design, Graphic Design, Central Saint Martins, London, UK.

2010 -- 2011  Foundation Diploma Art and Design, Folkuniversitetet, Stockholm, Sweden.

2018 -- Choreography course with Seke  Chimutengwende, Siobhan Davies Dance, London, UK. 

Residencies

2021   ISSP Riga, Latvia. 

2021   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

2020   Swedish Art Council, International exchange and travel grant

2020   Nordic Culture Point

2020   Shortlisted for Athens Photo Festival

2020   Shortlisted for Contemporary Calgary 

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

2019   Helge Ax:son Johnsons Stiftelse

2018   Longlisted for Berlin Art Prize

2016   Otto and Charlotte Mannheimer foundation

2015   Postgraduate support scheme, Royal College of Art


Selected Exhibitions

2021   Group exhibition | Zoetrope, Athens, Greece. 

2021   Group exhibition | Galleri Format, Malmö, Sweden.

2020   Solo exhibition | Belly of the Beast hosted by Artists & Allies @ Sankt Studio, Berlin, Germany.

2020   SIRI  | Collaboration with Joana Krawczyk | Interactive installation and sound sculpture hosted by Artists & Allies @ Sankt Studio, Berlin, Germany.

2020   Foto festival Lenzburg.

2020   Odesa Photo Days.

2019   Group exhibition | Der Greif, Berlin Photo Week, Kraftwerk, Berlin, Germany.

2019   Group exhibition | Peckham 24, Rehearsing the Real, Copeland Gallery as part of Photo London 2019, London, UK.

2019   Group exhibition | Falling Upwards, Alte Münze, Berlin, Germany.

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

2019   Group exhibition | SÍM (Samband íslenskra myndlistarmanna) Reykjavik, Iceland.

2019   Group exhibition | Kunsthaus KuLe with Lagoon Parliment, Transmediale Vorspiel, Berlin, Germany. 

2018   Solo exhibition | Clench, Lady Beck's, Leeds, UK. 

2018   Group exibition | Field(s), Sluice, London, UK.

2018   Group exhibition | Landskrona Photography Festival, Sweden, September 2018.

2018   Chisenhale Art Place | Workshops, installations and performances as part of Chisenhale studio 4 residency, London, UK.

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

2017   Solo exhibition | Sloppy Tails Grow from Walls, curated by Trine Stephenson, A Corner With, London, UK.

2017   Group exhibition | Making It Real: Analogue LDN at Ugly Duck, Tanner st, London, UK.

2017   Degree show | MA Photography, Royal College of art, 23 - 30 June, London, UK.

2017   Group exhibition | 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, (20 - 22 May) self-published book Moving Mountains, London, UK.

2016   Group exhibition |  Aether, Imperial College, London, UK.

2016   Self published book | To Become Invisible (The Flux of Disappearance), 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   Group exhibition | The Kitchen Gallery, London, UK.

Workshops

2020  What we have in front of us, Four day workshop in collaboration with children from a refugee housing in Neukölln, Berlin, Germany | as part of Officina art residency. 

2020  Confessions  | held together with Sabine Schrüender @ Artists + Allies + Berlin, Berlin, Germany.

2019  Possibilities of the Photographic Body | Collaboration with Tom Lovelace at The Photographers Gallery, London, UK.

2018  Walls Have Tongues Too | Workshop with children from East London elementary schools as part of Chisenhale Studio 4 residency, London, UK. 

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

2018  Workshop at Siobhan Davies Dance held by  Seke Chimutengwende exploring relations between the improvised and choreographed movement, London, UK. 

Projects | Collaborations

2020   On Photographic Beings performance with Tom Lovelace, 

Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia.

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

2019   Ongoing; assistant to Broomberg & Chanarin, Berlin, Germany.
2017   Ongoing: member of Field/s - a collaborative peer group including practitioners in photography, curating and writing initiated by Thom Bridge, London, UK.

Teaching | Curatorial 

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  Curator “Paper, Publication and Performance”  together with Jonathan Miles, Lychee One Gallery, London, UK.

2017  Guest tutor and lecturer with Ramona Güntert, London College of Communication for BA Photography, University of Art and Design, 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