Born 1979 in Stockholm, Sweden
mail@carolabjork.se  

Carola Björk´s pieces explores materiality of time and relation. A sudden loss of her mother in early years has nourished an obsession with relational wounds. She uses her personal experiences and everyday surroundings as a springboard to reason around how others co-create what you call personality. Björk´s works result in objects, paintings, photographs, sometime including words. Material often used is found close to home or on construction sites. The poetics of Björk´s practice arise from corporeal attendance and chance operation. Loss of control is an important element in her work. Wind and water may be part of the making. In her recent painting-objects, she has been devoted to the repetitive gesture of adding paint without an esthetic goal. The layering and spending time has been primary. What Björk´s art often talk about is the difficulty of pointing out where something begins and ends.

EDUCATIONS
2020 – 2022 MA in The Theory of Practical Knowledge, Södertörn University, Stockholm 
2019 – 2020 BA in Continental Philosophy, Södertörn University, Stockholm
2014 – 2019 MFA, Konstfack, Stockholm
2016 – 2020 MA in Art Therapy, Bildterapi Institutet Niarte, Brevens bruk
2015 – 2016 Tokyo Zokei University, Tokyo
2013 – 2014 Öland Art School, Öland

ESSAYS
2022 The accursed intellect, Södertörn University, Stockholm
2020 In-between Bodies, Södertörn University, Stockholm
2019 About body-building, Konstfack, Stockholm

GRANTS
2023 Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation
2022 Konstnärsnämnden
2020 Japanstiftelsen
2019 Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation
2017 Nordic Culture Point
2016 Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation
2015 Kuno, Mobility Support
2015 KoS, Mobility Support

RESIDENCIES
2024 Upcoming Studio Kura, Japan, October
2023 Upcoming PADA Studios, Portugal, May-June
2020 Björkö Konstnod (BKN). Sweden, November
2017 Arteles Creative Center/ Back to Basics. Finland, June

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2024 Upcoming Itoshima, Japan
2023 Upcoming Lisbon, Portugal
2023 Stora Sköndals kyrka (Stockholm Culture night), Stockholm, Sweden
2022 The International Cultural Center (NICC). Antwerpen, Belgium
2022 KP/ Kunsthal Aarhus. Denmark
2021 Hjorten Sculpture Park. Stockholm, Sweden 
2019 Konstfack Degree show. Nameless. Stockholm, Sweden
2019 Gallery Konstfack. Reason-able Things (MFA degree show). Stockholm, Sweden
2017 Konstfack Degree show. Stockholm, Sweden
2017 ARTTEN (Culture Night). Stockholm, Sweden
2017 Gallery Konstfack. Elegy over self (BFA degree show). Stockholm, Sweden
2017 SPRING17/ Kunsthal Aarhus. Denmark
2016 Into the Valley. Dalhalla/Rättvik, Sweden
2016 KP/ Kunsthal Aarhus. Denmark
2015 KUNO. Riga, Lettland
2015 OpenArt. Örebro, Sweden
2015 CFF. Stockholm, Sweden
2015 Km of Sculpture. Voru, Estonia
2015 Galeria Hladifnica. Maribor, Slovenia
2015 KP/ Kunsthal Aarhus. Denmark
2014 Kalmar Museum of Art. Kalmar, Sweden
2007 Liljevalchs. Stockholm, Sweden
2006 House of Photography. Stockholm, Sweden 

GUEST LECTURES
My life making art. A talk about my process and the interconnection between everyday life events and art making. Department of Fine Arts – Painting Major (third-year students), Tokyo Zokei University. Japan. 25th of April 2019

How to be living. A talk about the relationship between the Japanese Buddhist philosopher Daisetz Suzuki and the Western philosophy: Existentialism. Department of Fine Arts (all master degree students), Tokyo Zokei University. Japan. 25th of April 2019

Wabi-Sabi – The Japanese aesthetics of [asymmetrical] beauty. PADA Studios. Lissabon, Portugal. Upcoming May/June 2023