Sikås Art Center Residency Programme 2022

Between May - October 2022 Sikås Art Center will invite artists Inga Zimprich, Kajsa Blom & Filip Mayer, Johan Björck, Iris Smeds and Sylvie Ringer for a month-long residency each in Sikås. This year's residency programme is supported by Kulturrådet and Region Jämtland Härjedalen. Follow our Instagram for further updates from our artists in residence.

Feminist Health Care Research Group / Inga Zimprich
Photo: Inga Zimprich

Feminist Health Care Research Group (Julia Bonn/Inga Zimprich, Berlin) develops empowering perspectives on the body, healthcare and experiences of crises. Since 2015 they have created exhibition displays, zines and workshops and established a growing research library. Their long-term project Practices of Radical Health Care examines the health movement of the 70s and 80s in Germany in order to share and activate practices and nearly forgotten formats of health care activism.

From the end of May to the end of June 2022 FGRG member Inga Zimprich will stay together with her family in Sikås. We are glad to invite you to a digital artist talk on the work of Feminist Health Care Research Group followed by an informal conversation to get to know each other.

Kajsa Blom & Filip Mayer
Photo: Adéle Askelöf
Photo: Filip Mayer

The composer, producer and DJ Kajsa Blom, known under the artist name KABLAM, has a background in Berlin’s experimental club scene. Blom’s music is characterized by a detailed work with rhythm and her music has been described as sonic maximalism. She is currently graduating in electroacoustic composition at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. 

Filip Mayer works as an architect and lives and works in Lund/Skåne, with active assignments in Malmö, Mazury, Warszaw and Sikås. During their residency Blom and Mayer will produce an audio visual work together.

Johan Björck

Johan Björck is an artist working in Småland. He has studied at Umeå Academy of Fine Arts and Göteborgs Konstskola. He mainly works with painting, sculpture and drawings. 

Paddornas Möte (Meeting of the Toads) is the working title of a design that I am planning to use to decorate a surface of wood. Inspirational tapestry paintings from Halland: Halländskt Bonads Måleri is an old painting tradition that has, as far as I know, died out. At the residency in Sikås I will work on some wood crafted sculptures and incorporate my own investigation of some traditional decorative painting traditions. I am going to attempt to transform some of the sculptures into utensils such as boxes, skis and doors.

Iris Smeds
Iris Smed's (b. 1984) work revolves around the individual's marketability and examines our existence and society from a poetic and performative perspective. Her projects blurs the boundaries between installation, performance, video and sculpture, often with a theatrical and surreal world of images. Since 2013, she also runs the one-woman punk band Vaska Fimpen. In Sikås, she will continue working on her film project "The Little House in The Food Court" which is about a queer theater group that will set up Little House on the Prairie inside a Food Court.
Sylvie Ringer

ON GROWING, ROCKS, Installation by Sylvie Ringer & Sound composition by Jenni Schine

Fifty Fifty Gallery, Victoria Canada 2021

Sylvie Ringer is a Canadian / German artist based in Hamburg and Malcolm Island, BC Canada. After graduating from the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg ( Illustration and Drawing / Dep. Design ), where she worked as an Instructor for Drawing since 2019, she has spent many years realizing projects, collaborations, and exhibitions in and in between Canada and Germany. In 2019 Kerber Verlag Berlin published Ringer’s monograph „Crab, Rock,Stick, Loss“, based on her year-long residency on Malcolm Island, BC, CAN. Sylvie has received numerous awards, grants, and stipends, among them a DAAD stipend in 2015, a project grant from the Ministry of Culture Hamburg ( Behörde für Kultur und Medien Hamburg ) 2018, a stipend from the Doris and Simon Otto Foundation in 2020. In 2021 her body of work „Singing Lands“, was acquired by the Government of Germany as part of the countries Federal Art Collection ( Bundeskunstsammlung Deutschland ).

She teaches workshops and lectures in Design Universities and art academies, where her focus lies on encouraging a non-judgemental, free creative process. She is Co-Founder of the International Achterhaus Residency Program and Compassion Art Collective, dedicated to encouraging dialogue and destigmatization through art. Sylvie currently holds an 8-year studio grant at Künstlerhaus Sootbörn, funded by the City of Hamburg.

“The residency at Sikås is interesting for me because big parts of my practice are based on spending time in specific places, landscapes, researching the environment visually and historically and seeing what images and translations come up for me during that time. I am also specifically interested in landscape as a metaphor, the mysticism of the woods. I have never been to Sweden before and I am very curious to see what I will find by researching about the area and walking and talking to locals.”

click Sikås Biennale 2020 click
The Hermit by Emelie Sandström
Documentation from residency artists Matthew Lutz-Kinoy is now up on!
Documentation from residency artists Benjamin Marvin and Emma Lamorte's show CLOSE YOUR EYES, IT´S ALL PRETEND is now up on!
Review at!
'Summer in Sikås', Växjö konsthall, 19.1 - 28.3 2018, curated by Tutti Frutti. Participating artists: Sophy Naess, Aaron Carter, Sophie Reinhold and Kate Moss


Poster by Sophy Naess, Text by Kate Moss
Residency artist summer 2017: Aaron Carter
Sikås Art Center hits the big city: presentation at Index 19, Stockhilm

The summer of 2016 was fatastic! Thanks everybody who came!:



SUMMER SYMPOSIUM 2015 pictures:
SIKÅS SUMMER SYMPOSIUM 13-19th of July 2015 - OPEN HOUSE at the 18TH, 6 pm until late!



With support from: Strömsunds kommun, Länskulturen Jämtland, Sikås-Bua and Rosgårn


ARTIST TALK by Melanie Bonajo & Natsuko Uchino

at Regionalt Designcentrum Jämtland, Prästgatan 9, 831 31 Östersund, 14 Feb 12:30-15:00

Melanie Bonajo

Melanie Bonajo exams the paradoxes inherent in our future-based ideas of comfort. Through her photographs, performances, videos and installations Bonajo examines subjects related to progress that remove from the individual a sense of belonging and looks at how technological advances and commodity-based pleasures increase feelings of alienation within the individual. Captivated by concepts of the divine, she explores the spiritual emptiness of her generation, examines peoples' shifting relationship with nature and tries to understand existential questions by looking at our domestic situation, idea's around classification, concepts of home, gender and attitudes towards value.

Melanie Bonajo lives and works in Amsterdam. Her work has been exhibited and performed in international art institutions, such as De Appel Arts Center / Amsterdam, Institute Neérlandais/Paris, Modern Art Museum / Ljubljana, Kohun National Museum of Contemporary Art/ Seoul, Stedelijk museum/ Amsterdam, PPOW Gallery/ New York, SMBA/Amsterdam, Programm, Berlin, Museum of Modern Art / Arnhem and Foam /Amsterdam. She made 7 publications I have a Room with Everything / 2009, Furniture Bondage / 2009, Modern Life of the Soul / 2008, Volkerschau and Bush Compulsion /2009, 1 question 9 possible answers 3 rooms /2012, Spheres / 2012. With her music project ZaZaZoZo she will release the album INUA with tsunami-addiction spring 2013. In 2008 she studied religious science; Mysticism and Western Esotericism at the UVA. She worked as creative editor for Capricious magazine and Mister Motley, taught workshops and lectured on l'Ecal, Rietveld Academie, Aperture, Parsons school of Art, Mediamatic a.o. In 2012 she initiated the collective GENITAL INTERNATIONAL which focusses on subjects around participation, equality, our environment and politics beyond polarity.


Natsuko Uchino

Natsuko Uchino is an inter-disciplinary artist whose work is defined by experiences in agriculture and crafts.

"As a famer that became ceramicist in order to make the vessel out of the same dirt as the landscape that has nurtured the food, the notion of ' terroir ' or what emerges from the land, the flavors of the place and site specifity, has shaped my approach to both art and natural agriculture, as well as the preparation of participatory presentations, diners and performances "

Natsuko Uchino completed studies in Fine Arts in 2007 at the Cooper Union (US) and the research program at CCA Kitakyushu (JP) in 2011.

In 2014, she is developing new works on landscape, territory, materials and the commons, in residence at CIAP Vassivière (FR), associated artist at St Quentin-la-Poterie (FR) and part of the ACA research group on site specificity at ECAV, (CH).

Recent performances were held at Jardin des Plantes- Natural History Museum, and at Silencio club in Paris.

Her work has been presented at the 2nd Land Art biennale Mongolia, VIIth Global Conference Evian, Elaine –MGK Basel, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Kunsthal Charlottenborg Copenhague, Le Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature Paris, les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, La Friche Belle de Mai Marseille.

I samarbete med Länskulturen, Östersunds Konstskola och Sikås Art Center



at Regionalt Designcentrum Jämtland
Prästgatan 9, 831 31 Östersund, 13 dec 12:00-15:00; Performance by SOPHIE and Sharku at Sikås Art Center, Smedvägen 155 Sikås, 23:00

Sandra Mujinga
Sandra Mujinga's works combine idiosyncratic visual aesthetics that are recognizably products of the current field of freely available digital tools for video manipulation as well as sourcing the web for sampled material. Dissociatied both from material groundedness, but also from vulgar contemporaneity, the videos use the most formal aspects of the music-video frame as a tumbling space for an experiment that affirms the significance of the surface. An essential aspect of Mujingas practice is the presence of music in one way or the other in her production. The music is conceived by way of a stringent method analogous with the method for her video productions, and easily (and freely) available production tools.
Sandra Mujinga (NO), is based in Malmö, Sweden and works mainly with video, performance and electronic music as mediums. Recent performances include "Space is tranciense" at Kirseberg Temporary Gallery, Malmö, and I can Delete It, It Is Not Happening Now, at Soft City curated and produced by Kunsthall Oslo.
Sjur Sævik
Sjur Sævik har fördjupat sig i förhållandet mellan filosofi och teknologi i praktiken. Han har en Master i Idé- och Lärdomshistoria från Lunds universitet, med uppsatsen "From Infology to Artificial Science -
A Study of the Philosophical Practice of Börje Langefors and Bo Dahlbom"
Han har även gjort elektronisk musik i 10 år under artistnamnet Sharku och driver tillsammans med andra artist-kollektivet och lablen 300AD.
Lördagens föreläsning går under titeln "Submitting to materiality - How to facilitate the emergence of objects"
Linda Spjut
Linda Spjut arbetar främst med ljud och det skrivna ordet i vitt skilda typer av samarbeten, tex: James Baljo (Wolf Eyes), Sandra Mujinga, Sophie Reinhold, Trevor Lee Larson, olika manskörer, SR Unga Radioteatern & Natalie Ringler, Sthlm- och Gbg Stadsteater & Björn Runge. Just nu jobbar hon i kallköket på Lindesbergs Stadshotell och skriver på ett löst manus för uppkommande egen-producerad radio-fisk-soppa, sänt från Berlin med start slutet på januari 2015.

Värmer gör SOPHIE, duo bestående av konstnärerna Sandra Mujinga och Linda Spjut. Mujinga och Spjut har samarbetat i improviserade musikaliska live-set sedan utställningen MAKE ME LIKE YOU 2013.
Det finns än så länge inget inspelat material tillgängligt men de driver separata projekt som getts ut på kassett.
Av Sandra Mujinga; Charly Orange DEAR JANELLE (300ad 2012),
Av Linda Spjut; THE FIRST STONE (Rustle VV 2012) samt INTO THE FLESH (YYAA 2014)

Sharku har laget ulike utrykk av elektronisk musikk siden midten av 2000-tallet. Med røtter i britisk bassmusikk og hip hop, har Sharku tatt en mørkere retning med referanser til dub, grime og techno.

Sharku har gått fra å lage intrikat programmert musikk til å bruke improvisajson og analog eksperimentering som metode.



at Regionalt Designcentrum Jämtland
Prästgatan 9, 831 31 Östersund, 6 dec 13:00

Lea Cetera

Lea Cetera works in video, sculpture and performance to produce temporal installations that examine the space between object and body, public and private, the virtual and real. Utilizing techniques culled from theatre, the moving image and puppetry, her work addresses constructed identities, the mediation of technology, the alienation of the human body, and the aura of the object/fetish.

Emerging from a collaborative background in theater and filmmaking, Cetera has performed and shown work in the US and internationally at venues such as Sculpture Center, The Jewish Museum, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Southard Reid, Pilar Corrias, Simone Subal, High Desert Test Sites, Poetry Project at St. Marks Church on the Bowery, Anthology Film Archives and participated in Portugal Arte 2010 and the New Wight Biennial 2012. She holds an MFA from Columbia University, 2012 and a BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art, 2005. She lives and works in New York City.