Focusing on science fiction and UFO conspiracy theories, Camilla Edström Ödemark’s exhibition “Circles” draws parallels between utopian colonisation of space, the dystopian invasion of Earth, and the Western colonisation of Africa. Addressing the role of the monstrous alien as a tool to form the traditional Western worldview, the exhibition highlights colonial structures that continue to exert influence on the Western identity, mentality and culture. The work of Edström Ödemark suggests that what is played out in the darkest corners of space, might in fact take place in our own backyard.
Camilla Edström Ödemark (b.1985, Åland, FI) is a Finnish visual artist working with video, installation and sculpture. Through myths, science fiction and horror, her practice asks questions about a (Western) identity in rupture. She has an MFA from Kunstakademiet in Oslo (2020) and a BFA from Konstfack (Stockholm, 2014). Her work has been shown at internationally at venues such as Sinne (Helsinki, 2019), Kunstnernes Hus (Oslo, 2019), Norske Billedhoggerforening (Oslo, 2020) and Isthisit? (London, 2016). Between 2017-2020 she was an active board member of the artist-run gallery Galleri CC in Malmö, Sweden. In 2021 she will partake in FAIR artist residency at Fabrikken for Kunst og Design in Copenhagen.
Thank you to Norwegian Arts Council, Nordic Culture Point and Galleri CC