Sofia Runarsdotter at Havet, Konstfack, Stockholm, SE, curated by Ashik Zaman

Sofia Runarsdotter / Girl, Unboxed

Curated by Ashik Zaman

3 Mar – 13 Mar, 2022

Konstfack, Havet
LM Ericssons Väg 14
126 27 Hägersten




The long-term project Girl, Battle is neither documentary nor about handboll as a sport per se. It stems from my own experiences as a staunchly comitted handball player in adolscent years. What was the actual breadth of the game is something I’ve asked myself. One thing appears clear in mind; the inherent realities were confined not only to the playing court. I’m reminded every so often that handball in public is perceived as a jovial communal sport which ultimately means a reductive gaze. I certaintly would call to mind that the physical and psychological pressure was anything but negligible. Because playing coincided with being in a precarious transitional state between child and adulthood the impact was all the greater. As an artist today I’m visualizing situations and moments which ideally might just let on the stakes.

Sofia Runarsdotter (b. 1982, Robertsfors) has a 15 years long artistic practice of working as a documentary photographer in Sweden and overseas. Her practice today extends to photography, video and text. She has studied at Nordens Fotoskola, Royal Insitute of Art and Konstfack.


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