Swedish born artist Gunilla Josephson lives and works in Toronto, Canada, since 1990.
She holds a BA in Social Sciences, and MFA from Stockholm University and Stockholm College of Art and Design respectively. Josephson’s art practice has evolved through scenography, to installations involving super8 film projections on linen and grass, to sculpture using wax, felt and latex, and the last 13 years to video and its installation.
Letting the material decide the form, Josephson consistently works in a way that exploits unbridled emotion with the aim to challenge the accepted conventions of art as an entertainment that is well behaved. She explores elements of womanhood seen through the limitations, expansions, distortions, truths and lies of a complex looking glass, created mainly from time, memory and personal experience. From the actions of the characters (or performers) to her own use of the camera and later in the editing process she disrupts the norms, constructing resistances to the tyranny of orthodoxy.
Selected exhibitions: Cinéma de la Plage, Hauteville sur Mer, France; Mac Donald Stewart Art Centre, (solo) Guelph, Ontario; Toronto Images Festival/Trinity Square Video (solo); Festival les Boréales, St Lo/Caen, France (solo); The Box salon (solo), Toronto; Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal (solo); SAAG, Lethbridge (solo), Alberta, Canada; Swedish Cultural Centre in Paris (solo), Toronto Images Festival; Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris, France (solo); Sydney Film Festival, Australia; International Cinematheque, Wellington, New Zealand; Pleasure Dome, Toronto; Winnipeg Art Gallery, Canada; Herland film and video festival, Calgary; SAW Video, Ottawa; South London Art Gallery, London, UK; 25 March 2002 Free Speech TV, Boulder, Colorado; Kino Xenix, Zurich, Switzerland; Diagonale, Graz, Austria; MSVU Art Gallery, Halifax; Oberhausen International Shortfilm Festival, Germany; Art System Centre for New Media, Toronto (solo); Kasseler Dokumentarfilm und Videofest, Germany; Moving Pictures, Toronto; Winnipeg Film Group. Manitoba; Hull Centre for Time Based Art, UK; Videographe, Montreal; LUX Cinema, London, UK; Independents, Cinematheque Ontario; Goethe Institute, Toronto; Massage v 5.0, Web Video Broadcast, Washington DC, USA; Gallery Leena Kuumola. Helsinki, /Finland (solo); Femmedia, The Independent Film and Video Festival. Stockholm, Sweden.
Some residencies, awards: Nordic Arts Centre, Bergen, Norway, centro scientifico y artistico Rome, Italy, Oberhausen International Shortfilm Festival Prize (Germany), Canada Council Paris Studio, Cité Internationales des Arts, Paris, France.
2005-2010 Board member Charles Street Video, Toronto
2007- Founding member and Director TRIENNAL[e] MMsM, France
Other distribution: Filmform, Stockholm, Sweden, www.filmform.com
2011, 07:47 minutes, colour
2009, 19:00 minutes, colour, Subtitles: English, French, Swedish
2009, 48:00 minutes, colour, sound
2007, 06:00 minutes, colour, sound
2007, 10:17 minutes, B&W, sound
2007, 02:30 minutes, colour, N/A, Sound
2006, 98:00 minutes, colour, english/french
2004, 12:20 minutes, colour, English & Swedish
2002, 04:50 minutes, colour, silent
2002, 01:00 minutes, colour
2002, 18:36 minutes, colour
2001, 07:06 minutes, colour, Swedish
2001, 02:03 minutes, colour, English
2001, 05:10 minutes, colour, English, Swedish
2001, 60:00 minutes, colour
2001, 18:00 minutes, colour, Swedish / Gibberish
2001, 03:26 minutes, colour
2000, 07:00 minutes, colour/B&W, Swedish/English
2000, 20:30 minutes, colour
1999, 60:00 minutes, colour
1998, 03:00 minutes, colour
1998, 06:09 minutes, colour
by . The Globe and Mail, Sept 18, 2015.
by . The Globe and Mail, Apr. 25, 2009.
by . Gunilla Josephson Artist-in-Residence, Apr. 4, 2009. Toronto: Trinity Square Video, 2009.
by . Archive Inc., June 24, 2006.
by . Half Empty, Feb. 2005, no. 3.
by . Invasions. A media arts exchange., 2004. Toronto: Toronto Alternative Art Fair International, 2004.
by . C Magazine, Summer 2003, no. 78.
by . Home Show, Sept. 12 Summer, 2002.
by . Border Crossings, Aug. 2000, v. 19, no. 3.
by . Afterimage, July 2000, v. 28, no. 1.
Canadian Currents, 1999. Toronto: Absolute Choice Curatorial Collective, 1999.