Janna Holmstedt

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Janna Holmstedt
Born in Göteborg, Sweden. Lives in Stockholm.

Janna Holmstedt is an artist based in Stockholm and researcher affiliated with the Posthumanities Hub (KTH/LiU). She works with various media and contexts, ranging between installation, sonic fiction, mapping, walking, writing and performance with a particular interest in listening and storying. She explores entangled issues such as interspecies communication, multispecies relations, and the intra-action of bodies, environs and technology. In her PhD, Are You Ready for a Wet Live-In? Explorations into Listening (Lund University, 2017) she explored sonic ecologies, ocean life, and sound technology. Here, dolphins became companion species on a journey through which anthropocentric word(l)ings could be unlearned and restoried. The work departed from the unique archival material of American neurophysiologist John C. Lilly, who in the 1950s and 1960s, conducted controversial experiments with dolphins. In her current work, Holmstedt turns her attention to soil care, the allotment movement, and the cultivation of maize.

She has been invited to international Artists-in-Residence programs such as Kunst:raum Sylt Quelle in Germany, HIAP and Sumu in Finland, NIFCA in Estonia, Bemis Center in USA, and TCG Nordica in China. She has received two-year work stipend and project grants from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, travel grants from IASPIS, and project grants from Framtidens kultur, Swedish Film Institute, and the Swedish Arts Council. The last three years she has shown work at Scandinavian Center, Jingdezhen, China; Moderna Muséet, Stockholm; Intonal Exprimental Music Festival, Transistor Performing Arts Festival, and Inter Arts Center, Malmö. Previous participation in exhibitions includes for example Documenta Magazine Project in Kassel; Rhizome.org ArtBase, New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York; Weld, Tensta konsthall, Kulturhuset and Färgfabriken in Stockholm; Bildmuseet in Umeå; Botkyrka konsthall; Röda Sten in Göteborg; Marabouparken in Sundbyberg; Rooseum in Malmö. Holmstedt defended her doctoral dissertation in Fine Arts in October 6, 2017. She has written texts for cultural journals in Sweden and abroad, such as Glänta, Paletten, Chto delat? and Estonian Art, and contributed to books and international conferences. She has initiated, headed, and participated in long term transdisciplinary projects as well as international artists’ collaborations.

2017 Doctor in Fine Arts in Visual Arts, Malmö Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts, Lund University, in collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå University, Sweden
2017 Teaching and learning in higher education, Umeå University, Sweden
2004 Master of Arts in Fine Arts, Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå University, Sweden
2002 Practical Philosophy, Umeå University, Sweden
1999 Theoretical Philosophy, Gothenburg University, Sweden
1991-1993 Theatre Set Design, Nordic Academy of Set Design, Skellefteå, Sweden

Awards, Grants, and Artist-in-Residence
2018, Fylkingen, Artist-in-Residence, Stockholm, Sweden
2018 Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Visual Arts Fund, project grant
2012 The Swedish Film Institute
2011 The Swedish Arts Council and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
2010 The Swedish Arts Council
2010 The City of Stockholm
2010 Framtidens kultur
2010 HIAP, Artist-in-Residence, Helsinki, Finland
2009 Sumu, Artist-in-Residence, Turku, Finland
2009 Kunst:raum sylt quelle, work and residence grant, Germany
2009-2010 Two-year working grant, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee
2008 Nordic Culture Point, project grant
2007 Foundation Helge Ax:son Johnson’s Stiftelse
2007 Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Artist-in-Residence, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
2006 IASPIS (International Artist Studio Program In Stockholm), International exchange
2005 NIFCA (Nordic Institute for Contemporary Arts), Sleipnir, travel grant
2005 Foundation Helge Ax:son Johnson’s Stiftelse
2005 Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Visual Arts Fund, project grant
2004 NIFCA, Nordic Artist-in-Residence, Tallinn, Estonia
2004 Nominated to Diesel New Art Award
2004 J C Kempes Minnesfond


2012 Municipality of Nacka, Sweden
2008 Statens Konstråd / The National Public Art Council Sweden
2007 Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
2007 Rhizome.org ArtBase, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
2006 Traveling Magazine Table (TMT), initiated by Nomads & Residents [Bikvanderpol and Cesare Pietrousti]
2005 Collaborative Practice Archive, Shedhalle, Zürich, Switzerland

Publications and Conference Presentations
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Teaching and Supervisor
Teaching and guest lecturer at Carl Malmstensskolan, Linköping University, Lidingö; Linnaeus University in Kalmar and Växjö; Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå University; The Royal Art Academy, Stockhol; and Yunnan Arts Institute, Kunming, China; and Facultad de Arquitectura, Urbanismo y Diseño, Universidad nacional, San Juan, Argentina.
Guest critic at the School of Architecture, The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH), Sweden; Photography & Digital Arts, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
External opponent at Stockholm University of the Art. Supervisor at Linnaeus University , Växjö, Sweden.


Since 1992 I have made stage design and costumes for more than 20 productions, mostly in Sweden, for Uppsala stadsteater, Malmö Musikteater, Angeredsteatern, Musikteaterverket, among others.