Sofia Ekström

Sofia Ekström graduated from the Royal College of Arts in Stockholm 2013, and the same year she received the Aguéli prize. Sofia Ekström’s works can seem ambiguous. She uses painted backdrops – the type used in photo studios – as elements in theatrical installations, in her paintings, and as a departure for narration. In the absence of a tangible motif, epic romance intersects with nostalgic kitsch, painting with photography, now with then, the observed with the observer. She moves between the different habitats of image reproduction; photography’s inherent complications and of painting’s potential. Ekström also works with film, both staged and with documentary elements.

Selected works


Born 1978 in Stockholm, Sweden
Lives and works in Stockholm

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2011-2013 MA of Fine Arts, Royal University of Fine Arts, Stockholm
2007-2011 BA of Fine Arts, Royal University of Fine Arts, Stockholm
2006-2007 Gerlesborg School of Fine Art, Gerlesborg, Sweden
1997-1998 International Center of Photography, New York. Programme of Documentary Photography and Photojournalism


2019 Light Fandango, Haninge Konsthall, Haninge, Sweden
2017 Family First, Södertälje Konsthall, Sweden. Group show
2017 Shut the light, Galleri Riis, Stockholm
2016 Pose, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2015 Lightning & Voices/Pose, Galleri Riis, Stockholm. With Christine Ödlund
2015 marvatten, Karlskrona Konsthall, Sweden. Group show
2014 How to Unfold a Mother? Solo presentation at the Market Art Fair in Stockholm
2014 Galleri Riis, Stockholm
2013 Aguéli Museum, Sala, Sweden
2013 Gocart Gallery, Visby, Sweden
2013 Körsbärsgården, Sundre, Sweden
2013 Spring Exhibition, Konradsberg, Stockholm
2013 Master Exhibition, Galleri Mejan, Royal University of Fine Arts, Stockholm
2012 THE HIDDEN MOTHER, Atelier Berthe Morisot, Paris. Curated by Sinziana Ravini.
2011 Bachelor Exhibition, Konstakademien, Stockholm
2010 Power Distortion, Konstnärshuset, Stockholm2009Accross the Divide, Konstakademien Fredsgatan 12, Stockholm