Hultman, born in the small south-central town of Smålandsstenar, graduated just
last spring from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. “The Beckers award
means an incredible amount to an unestablished artist like me”, says Hultman.
“The exhibition at Färgfabriken offers an amazing space to work and the ability
to reach out to many more people with what I do”.
Her loved ones are
part of her artistry
inspiration often stems from something that’s nagging her. “It might be something
I want to try to understand, or have the opportunity to consider from another
perspective,” she explains. “Often my work begins with some little thing that I
start poking at, which then grows larger and larger before it becomes
concentrated down again and can be presented artistically.”
In her latest work,
Hultman has beautifully arranged objects from her grandparents’ – handcrafted
key cabinets and needlework – alongside a video installation. Hultman herself
calls it an on-going investigation of time, labour and value. In the piece she
takes us on a journey through her own personal history of her grandparents'
craft and daily obsessions while echoing the larger themes of our time like
women’s work and the ability of objects to give us comfort.
“Hultman has made her
loved ones part of her artistry”, says jury member Mårten Castenfors. “And her
art succeeds in enchanting us with a visual format that connects with
Solo exhibition at
Färgfabriken in Stockholm
The Beckers Art Award
was established in 1987. Since then it has been awarded to some of Sweden’s
most innovative and exciting young artists, including Dan Wolgers (1989),
Jockum Nordström (1999), Linn Fernström (2000), and Nathalie Djurberg (2006).
The award has a history of identifying young talent on the brink of a
breakthrough in their careers. The jury includes Lindéngruppen Chairman Jenny
Lindén Urnes, Mårten Castenfors, Head of Liljevalchs Stockholm and Magnus
Jensner, Museum Director of Hallands Museum of Art.
As part of the award, the
selected artist receives SEK 200,000 and a solo exhibition at Färgfabriken.
Petra Hultman’s work
will be on display in the exhibition hall at Färgfabriken in Stockholm from
January 27-March 18, 2018.