Julia Bondesson Beckers Art Award 2015

24 January 2015 8 March 2015

Scholarship exhibition
Main hall, Färgfabriken

Curator Fia Palmgren

The 29th Beckers Art Award – a grant of 150,000 SEK – will this year be awarded to Julia Bondesson for her exact perceptiveness in bringing life to wood

Jury statement

At her core, Julia Bondesson is a brilliant sculptor and with cut, carved and hewn wood she has begun an investigation to the body’s most inner being and it’s most significant anatomical structures. Initially, Bondessons sculptures rest in tranquility, as if in a slumber awaiting movement. Before her performances the wood is jointed with wire and the works are transformed to marionettes, filled with enigmatic life through meticulous measures, as if in a graceful, plaintive and delicate dance. Bondesson works within an eastern and nordic tension, awry, with artworks filled with contemplation and concentration – distinctive in a world otherwise defined by shallowness and haste. 

Julia Bondesson will receive the Beckers Art Award of 2015 for her exact perceptiveness in bringing life to the wood and in this managing to develop a unique combination of sculpture, stilled movement, performance, film and dance. Do to her distinguished artistic force and sensibility, Bondesson succeeds in persuading us viewers to slow our pace and take in a near magical world – in the midst of this a great artistry is formated, worthy of an honorary scholarship.

About the artist

The 2015 Beckers Art Award winner, Julia Bondesson (born 1983) took her MA in fine arts at the Royal Institute of Arts in Stockholm in 2011. In addition she has also studied puppeteering in Taiwan as well as art in Japan and Thailand. After her graduation Bondesson has had numerous exhibitions and performances, in Sweden and abroad. Currently she can be seen with a performance and participation in the group exhibition Gender Heart at Havremagasinet in Boden, Sweden.


Beckers Art Award was established in 1987 and has since then proven to have a remarkable ability to identify young talents on the brink of a breakthrough in their careers. The winner is awarded a grant, which from this year has been raised from 150,000 to 200,000 SEK, and a solo exhibition that has, since 2001, been arranged and held in collaboration with Färgfabriken.

Jury: Jenny Lindén Urnes, Mårten Castenfors och Magnus Jensner

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