Laleh Kazemi Veisari Beckers Art Award 2022

5 February 2022 27 March 2022

Scholarship exhibition
Main hall, Färgfabriken

Curator Emilia Rosenqvist

The 35th Beckers Art Award a grant of 200,000 SEK will this year be awarded Laleh Kazemi Veisari who was born in 1983 and works in Stockholm. In 2019, she graduated from Konstfack in Stockholm.

Laleh Kazemi Veisari is driven by a desire to understand the world, which she does by applying varying perspectives: by looking closely or at a distance, by interpreting or inserting both the abstract and the concrete into her art. This is done by gathering pieces of information which she alternately puts together or break apart for a deeper understanding of the world. With a background in Sweden, Germany, Iran and Finland as well as with broad language skills, the artist explores cultures and ways of expression. By searching, finding, and collecting these fragments she continues to build on the growing foundation of her artistry.

Prior to the exhibition at Färgfabriken, Kazemi Veisari has conducted an intensive correspondence with friends and relatives to gather memories and objects loaded with stories. This resulted in a network of communication which engaged many people in the artist’s vicinity all throughout the process. In the exhibition Unknown Land, we are shown five newly produced installations and series of works, which stand on their own. They carry their own stories and communicate seamlessly across borders as a kind of state or a feeling that embody the overall title Unknown Land. By channelling and bringing together information and objects, Laleh Kazemi Veisari creates a presence where we are included as co-creators and discoverers.

Laleh Kazemi Veisari

About the artist

Laleh Kazemi Veisariwas born in 1983 and works in Stockholm. Her work is interdisciplinary, engages collaborative processes and explores the imaginary, both socially and spatially, through expressions such as painting, drawing, sculpture and writing.

In 2019, Laleh Kazemi Veisari received her MA in Free Art from Konstfack (University of Arts, Crafts and Design) with the exhibition Letters from Water. She also has an MA in interdisciplinary studies from the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg and a BA in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

On top of that, Laleh Kazemi Veisari has been awarded the 2019 Bernadotte Scholarship for her project The relationship between drawing and painting through Walter Benjamin’s historical philosophical theses (Über den Begriff der Geschichte). In connection with her receiving the Bror Hjorth scholarship for young cartoonists in 2018, her first solo exhibition Porous Red Dust premiered in Uppsala.

Last year (2021) Laleh Kazemi Veisari presented an exhibition titled Yrsel at Göteborgs Konsthall, published an text- and artwork in #3–4 issue of Ord&Bild and the exhibition Of Silica at Belenius.

Further reading

Jury statement



Video documentation of the exhibition at Färgfabriken. Photo and editing Lina Josefina Lindqvist.


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 2017 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.

The jury: Jenny Lindén Urnes, Mårten Castenfors and Magnus Jensner

Key partner

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