SIMKA, curators, Sweden
SIMKA is the project name for the visual artists Simon Haggblom’s and Karin Lind’s shared artistic activities. Through SIMKA we combine our knowledge and skill from visual art, set design and landscape architecture.
The core of our work is the investigation and formation of different spaces and sites for human interaction. Informed by the tensions between urbanity and nature, as well as the fictional and the habitual world. The pieces are more or less permanent, located in the gaps, the solitary or disintegrated spaces of the public or private sphere.
SIMKA was formed 17 years ago and has produced a number of large public commissions and exhibitions, in the last years; Gallery Noass, Riga LV -S.P.Gallery, Stockholm,SWE -Galerie HilbertRaum, Berlin -Katrineholms konsthall, SWE, -MU gallery Helsinki, -Korsbarsgarden konsthall, Gotland and Luleå konsthall, SWE. Participatory artproject, Floating Trunks, for European Culture cities2014 Umeå, Riga and Pori – Stegen, City of Västervik, SWE, Trollbuller& Trollbollar, Municipality of Härryda, SWE – Pärlanistjärnan, City of Tranås, SWE -Wonderland, at the penitentiary institution Hall in Södertälje (Public art agency Sweden), The song of the forest, Igelstaverket, Södertälje (Söderenergi Kraftvärme AB), Les Trois Mages, outside Notre dame in Reims for the festival Reims Scénes d’Europe, France.
Set Design for Plateau Effect, As It Empties Out and Protagonist for choreograph Jefta van Dinther trough Cullberg, Tanzquartier in Vienna and Staatsballett-Berlin Their current work includes 10 films under the title True Colors. Based on documented performances in nature. Also ongoing 3D textile project with local participants on Björkö, Åland FI Within the organisation Corners of Europe www.cornersofeurope.org
2014-17 SISTER OF ANOTHER MAMA Cornersprojekt -performance.workshops in coop with Mila Pavicevic, Croatia and Joseba Irazoki, Spanien. www.cornersofeurope.org
– 14 San Sebastian, Spain och Puglia, Italy – 15 Haninge kulturhus, SE –
Belfast Festival, Irish arts council, GB – Docufest Prizren, Kosovo
– 16 Belgrad Vranje- REX & 848 Serbien – Rijeka, Drugo more, Croatia
Donostia/San Sebastian – EU capital of culture, SP – 17 Taranto, Italy
Karin Lind has also a career as set designer for theater and dance with over 100 productions the past 20 years. Simon Häggblom also as landscape and garden designer in 40 years.