Gerd Aurell
Born 1965, lives and works in Umeå, Sweden

Education

1988-94 Umeå Art Academy, Umeå, MA in Fine Arts
2004-09 Aesthetics I-III, Umeå University

Solo Exhibitions and Projects

2017 ”Begär”, performance with Per Nilsson and Daniel Westman, Väven, Umeå
2017 ”Under huden”, Burträsk konstförening, Burträsk
2016 ”Try to Fold Space into Corner”, with Helena Laukkanen, Köttinspektionen, Uppsala
2016, ”Church Forest” med Karin Aurell (Sackville, Moncton, St John i Kanada)
2015 ”Kadens” med Helena Wikström, Galleri Rostrum, Malmö
2015 “Stigi” performance with Karin Aurell, Skaftfell Art Center, Seydisfjördur, Iceland
2013 “Searching for a Colour” Lilla Galleriet, Umeå, Sweden
2013 “Good Breathing”, performance with Karin Aurell, Bildmuseet, Umeå
2013 “Equinox”, with Karin Aurell, performance for overhead projector and flute on tour in Eastern Canada (Halifax, Saint John, Moncton and Sackville)
2004-2011 ”Portrait in a Painted Landscape”, with Helena Wikström, Kramfors konsthall,
Vilhelmina Folkets hus, Silvermuseet (Arjeplog), Västerbottens museum (Umeå)
2009 ”Waypoints”, Silvénska galleriet, Säffle, Sweden
2008 ”En annan stad är möjlig (Another City is Possible)”, with Helena Wikström
MADE-festivalen, Umeå
2007 “Inifrån (From the Inside)” Alva kultur, Norrlands Universitetssjukhus, Umeå
2007 ”From Bolombolo to Korpilombolo”, with Helena Wikström
Nattfestivalen, Korpilombolo
2005 ”Observation XVI”, Halmstadsgruppens Museum, Halmstad
2004 ”Kafé Stalin”, performance with Helena Wikström and Karin Frennesson Westblad,
Verkligheten, Umeå
2003 “Montana is a Harsh Mistress”, Art Museum of Missoula, MT, USA
2001 “The Tattooed Room”, with Anneli Furmark, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland,
2001 “Det tatuerade rummet”, with Anneli Furmark, Galleri 54, Gothenburg
2001 “Observation XVI”, Stefan Andersson Gallery, Umeå
2000 “Against Time”, BildMuseet, Umeå
1998 “Project 2”, film- and soundinstallation with Anna Erlandson, Stockholm
1997 “Tecken och system (Signs and Systems)”, Stefan Andersson Gallery, Umeå
1995 “Flora , fågelbok, fiskbok”, performance in Olofsfors
1994 “Ett skepp kommer lastat – en vecka samtal”, performance with Anna Erlandson
Galleri 60, Umeå and Bror Hjorts Hus, Uppsala
1994 KiFiN, Norrkoping
1993 Silvénska Galleriet, Säffle

Selected Juried Group Exhibitions

2018 “I go; but remember, I shall be with you on your wedding-night”, Väven, Umeå
2018 “What could not be Expected in the Country of Eternal Light” Galleri Box, Göteborg
2018 ”If I Cannot Inspire Love, I Will Cause Fear”, Köttinspektionen, Uppsala
2017 Video-GUD, Gävle
2015 “Non Serviam”, with Per Nilsson, performance at the seminar “Translate, Intertwine, Transgress” at Moderna Museet and MDT, Stockholm
2013 ”The Contract”, Verkligheten at Norrbyskärs Museum, Sweden
2013 ”Serier från norr”, Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden
2012 “Latent”, Säters Hospital, Säter, Sweden
2011 ”Survival Kit”, Riga, Latvia
2011 ”Spare Time: Utopias on the Verge of Commonness”, National Gallery, Prague
2011 “Spare Time”, Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden
2011 ”MAM Collections: Video Artists”, Missoula Art Museum, USA
2011 “Stora frågor för små barn”, Sandvikens konsthall
2010 “Taking down Heaven”, Alma Löv Museum, Sunne, Sweden
2009 “Höstljus” (Autumn Light Festival), Umeå, Sweden
2009 “Swedish Family”, Moscow museum of Modern Art (Mmoma), Moscow, Russia
2009 OK.Quoi? Arts Festival, Sackville, N.B., Canada
2009 “Konsten seglar in”, Holmöns båtmuseum, Holmön, Sweden
2009 Seoul Photo 2009, Seoul, South Korea
2008 “Nomad by Heart”, BildMuseet, Umeå, Sweden
2007 ”Into the Garden of my Mind” Gana Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2007 “International Language”, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT, USA
2005 “Tack till Monica Sparby”, Byside Sidewalk, Umeå, Sweden
2005 “Pleasures from Sweden”, Arsenal Gallery, Poznan, Poland
2004 “Haka & co”, Haka, Uppsala, Sweden
2004 “Open”, the Hanoi Academy of Fine Arts’ Museum, Hanoi, Vietnam
2004 “Verkligheten + Catalyst”, Generator, Dundee, Scotland
2004 “Text + Drawings”, Västerbottens Museum, Umeå, Sweden
2003 “Verkligheten at Platform”, Platform, Vasa, Finland
2003 “Portraits in a Painted Landscape” Silvermuseet, Arjeplog, Sweden
2003 “Variabel Box”, Box Kraftverk, Bjärtrå, Sweden
2002 Movement to Performance, Vasa, Finland
2001 Konstens Hus, Luleå, Sweden
1999 Kyoto International Art Exchange Exhibition, Kyoto, Japan
1997 ESPLANAD 97, Umeå, Sweden

Books

Till Mitten Hunnen, Statens konstråd, 2016
Non Serviam – Philosophical Essays on the Art of Living, text Per Nilsson, images Gerd Aurell, H:ströms förlag, Umeå, 2015
Delta – betraktelser över ett älvlandskap, Gerd Aurell and Helena Wikström, H:ströms förlag, Umeå, 2014
Porträtt i ett målat landskap, Gerd Aurell and Helena Wikström, (texts by Elisabeth Rynell, Kristi Burman and Linnéa Axelsson), H:ströms förlag, Umeå, 2009
Med landskapet bakom: om Porträtt i ett målat landskap, red. Kristi Burman and Roland Spolander (Gerd Aurell and Helena Wikström with texts by Elisabeth Rynell, Kristi Burman och Linnéa Axelsson), Essay 10, Umeå, 2007
Jag reser en mila i parken, poems by Ingegerd Aurell, images Gerd Aurell, Ord och visor förlag, Skellefteå, 2007
Söndagsturen, text Lisa Henriksson, images Gerd Aurell, Rabén & Sjögren, Stockholm, 1996

Selected Grants and Awards

2017 Bildkonstnärsfonden project grant
2017 Regionens bildkonststipendium
2014 Bildkonstnärsfonden project grant
2012 KC Nord
2011 Kulturbryggan
2006 IASPIS Cultural Exchange
2000, 2005 and 2013 Bildkonstnärsfonden 2-Year Grant
2003 KC Nord
2000 Umeå City Art Grant
1999 BUF
1997 County of Västerbotten’s Grant
1995 Getfotsfonden’s Grant for Young Printmaker
1994 The Kempe Foundation Grant
1993 Anna-Lisa Thompson

Grants for Public Art

2016 Häktet, Kriminalvården, Umeå (Statens konstråd)
2013 Storsjö School, Holmsund
2009 Umeå University Hospital
1999 Chemical/Biological Centre, University of Umeå
1995 Kungsgärdets Hospital, Uppsala

In Collection

Gothenborg Art Museum
Norrkoping Art Museum
Uppsala Art Museum
Sundsvalls Museum
Södermanlands Museum
Missoula Art Museum
The Swedish Arts Council

Other

Board member and founder of the artist-run gallery space Verkligheten 2001-
Comics published in Galago, Bang and Fukt.
Supervisor of the Aesthetics course, Umeå Art Academy 2010-2016
Director of studies and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Umeå Art Academy 2014-
Member of board, Swedish National Artist Fund (Bildkonstnärsfonden) 2008-2012