Johannes Heldén


Artist biography

Working with a variety of media, Johannes Heldén explores subjects like ecology, evolution, sentience and artificial intelligence. Often set in a near future, Heldén’s fictional worlds are created by means of images, animation, text and music, combined in site specific installations, performances and digital works. In a fashion similar to that of science fiction, Heldén invites the viewers to interact and explore the worlds, making them co-creators. In these carefully depicted settings, which resemble the real world in an eerie way, Heldén makes us aware of our own perception and concept of nature, and the impact we have on the planet today.

Johannes Heldén is currently the IASPIS artist-in-residence at ISCP, New York (2018/19). In addition, he is part of the Desert X biennale in Coachella Valley, CA with a special project, Encyclopedia / Desert Edition / Coachella Valley this spring. Heldén has exhibited extensively, both in Sweden and internationally, most recently at Art Lab Gnesta together with Grafikens Hus, the Jewish museum C/O the Textile Museum of Sweden in Borås, RIBOCA1 (The Riga Biennial of Contemporary Art), Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Roskilde Festival and Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen. Recent solo shows include A New We – Chapter 2 at Kunsthall Trondheim in Norway and The Exploding Book at Konstakademien in Stockholm. In 2017 he participated in the Momentum 9, The Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art 2017 in Moss, Norway, with a new series of work called New New Hampshire & Clouds.

Johannes Heldén (b. 1978) holds an MFA from Valand Academy of Fine Arts, Gothenburg (1999-2004). He was the recipient of the Åke Andrén Art Prize in 2015 and the project Evolution (in collaboration with Håkan Jonson) won the inaugural N. Katherine Hayles prize in 2014. Heldén is represented in the collections of Malmö Art Museum, Borås Art Museum, Public Art Agency Sweden, and Maria Bonnier Dahlin Foundation. He is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, Hawthornden Castle among others.

Johannes Heldén