L I V E I S L I F E

29/4 - 15/5

This year's degree show from the Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå University, presents works by Désirée Burenstrand Schyman, Olga Gniadzik, Oscar Häggström, Susan Karavelli, Therése Lundin, Ellen Macke Alström, Christoffer Mahlknecht, Abdullah Mohammed, Gabriella Novak and Anastasia Savinova, all of whom are graduating from the Master's Programme in Fine Arts. Their Curator and principal supervisor is artist Annika Eriksson, a professor at Umeå Academy of Fine Arts. 

The degree show Live is Life is the culmination of five years of studying fine arts and a period of intensive work, research and discussion. During the Master's programme, students have developed their artistic practice and explored the history and contemporary social relevance of art and its current themes and status. The exhibition offers an insight into the discourse on contemporary art and studies of its techniques and materials.

Meet the individual artists via the menu to the right.

 

Curator Annika Eriksson:
This exhibition borrows its title from the 1984 song Live is Life by Austrian one-hit wonders Opus. The song is notable for the kind of crazed optimism that characterised the era in which it was released. As I listen to the song today, in 2022, in the world that has emerged over the course of those 38 years, it appears nothing short of idiotic. And yet, it grows on you. After ten listens, I embrace the sentiment, desperately imagining that all is well, that everything will be fine. My wish is that you, the young artists whose development I have had the pleasure of following during your Master's studies, will affirm Live is Life in your artistic practice, not as an escape but as a necessary strategy. 

All together now:  
Then it's life  
Live is life  
Live is life  
Live  
Live is life, when we all feel the power  
Live is life, come on stand up and dance  
Live is life, when the feeling of the people  
Live is life, is the feeling of the band, yeah  
When we all give the power  
We all give the best  
Every minute of an hour  
Don't think about a rest  
Then you all get the power  
You all get the best  
And everyone gives everything and every song
Everybody sings  
Then it's life
Live is life  
Live  
Live is life  
Live  
Live is life  
Live  
Live is life  
And you call when it's over 
You call it should last 
Every minute of the future 
Is a memory of the past  
'Cause we all gave the power
We all gave the best