Galleri Riis

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.

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  1. 2011-2013MA of Fine Arts, Royal University of Fine Arts, Stockholm
  2. 2007-2011BA of Fine Arts, Royal University of Fine Arts, Stockholm
  3. 2006-2007Gerlesborg School of Fine Art, Gerlesborg, Sweden
  4. 1997-1998International Center of Photography, New York. Programme of Documentary Photography- and Photojournalism


  1. 2019Light Fandango, Haninge Konsthall, Haninge, Sweden
  2. 2017Family First, Södertälje Konsthall, Sweden. Group show
  3. 2017Shut the light, Galleri Riis, Stockholm
  4. 2016Pose, Galleri Riis, Oslo
  5. 2015Lightning & Voices/Pose, Galleri Riis, Stockholm. With Christine Ödlund
  6. 2015marvatten, Karlskrona Konsthall, Sweden. Group show
  7. 2014How to Unfold a Mother? Solo presentation at the Market Art Fair in Stockholm
  8. 2014Galleri Riis, Stockholm
  9. 2013Aguéli Museum, Sala, Sweden
  10. 2013Gocart Gallery, Visby, Sweden
  11. 2013Körsbärsgården, Sundre, Sweden
  12. 2013Spring Exhibition, Konradsberg, Stockholm
  13. 2013Master Exhibition, Galleri Mejan, Royal University of Fine Arts, Stockholm
  14. 2012THE HIDDEN MOTHER, Atelier Berthe Morisot, Paris. Curated by Sinziana Ravini.
  15. 2011Bachelor Exhibition, Konstakademien, Stockholm
  16. 2010Power Distortion, Konstnärshuset, Stockholm
  17. 2009Accross the Divide, Konstakademien Fredsgatan 12, Stockholm