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Nils Agdler works mainly in the fields of photography and film/video and is interested in contemporary social and visual phenomena, as well as storytelling in a wider perspective. Exploring and pushing the boundaries of photography/film, both technically and perceptually, and the relationship between reality and representation are topics he constantly returns to. He aims to make visually accessible works of art, which can give the viewer an opportunity to reflect on less obvious associations and deeper underlying meanings – that the works will grow with time.

Some works are based on documentary material, while other works are freer stagings, where he often puts himself in front of the camera in vulnerable positions. In some film projects he has collaborated with other artists. These projects are sometimes shown as short films, sometimes as larger film installations on multiple screens, and sometimes as printed film stills. Natural environments, above all mountain and sea areas, are great sources of inspiration for him and issues related to climate, ecological sustainability, posthumanism and equality have become increasingly important.

Over the past 20 years, Nils Agdler has worked on issues that concern men and masculinities, fatherhood and patriarchy. Within this theme, he has produced a number of of photo and film-based works for solo and group exhibitions. From a pro-feminist perspective, he has mainly focused on the historical and psychological aspects of the white Western man, and how he relates to the expectations and demands of the surrounding society. Instead of getting caught up in issues around male violence and toxic masculinity, Nils Agdler addresses more subtle and elusive aspects of what it is like to be a man today and in the future. For example, it’s easy to see destructive parts of men’s actions around the world, but what exactly is a good masculinity? Are male role models important or are human role models enough? And how will the white man react when his privileges diminish, when he no longer belongs to a chosen ”we” but is mixed up with “the others”?

Contact: nils.agdler[at], +46-708-338484.




Senaste utställningar

SOLO SHOWS: 2018 "Andropaus" at Ahlbergshallen, Östersund (with Timo Menke). 2018 "Donor Portraits" at Pori Art Museum, Finland (with Timo Menke). 2015 "Andrografi – Om män och maskuliniteter" at Galleri Verkligheten, Umeå (with Timo Menke). 2015 "Donor Portraits" at Kalmar konstmuseum (with Timo Menke). GROUP SHOWS AND SCREENINGS: 2022 The short film REBIRTH was the winner of the Best New Voice award at the Obskuur Ghent Film Festival, Belgium. 2022 Screening at Litiumfestivalen, Utö, Sweden. 2022 Official selection at Defy Film Festival. 2022 Official selection at Très Court Film Festival. 2022 Official selection at Sidney World Film Festival. 2021 OCTOBER EDITION OFFICIAL SELECTION 2021 at Berlin Flash Film Festival, Germany. 2021 Ostrale Biennale O21, Dresden, Germany (with Timo Menke). 2021 Screening at the 67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany (with Filmform). 2021 Online screening at BLACKSPHERE FILM FESTIVAL, Prague, Czech Republic (with Timo Menke). 2020 Group show “Analogue Funny Whether” at Eldhunden/Konstnärshuset, Stora mossen, Stockholm. 2020 On-line screening arranged by gallery Third Space, Helsinki, Finland. 2020, screening “His Masters Voice” at Festival des Cinémas Différents, Grand Action, Paris, France (with Filmform and Timo Menke). 2020 Screening arranged by gallery Third Space, Jyväskylä, Finland. 2020 Screening "Videorama 1”, Galleri 54, Gothenburg (with Fröydi Laszlo). 2019 Screening at Third Space (Theme: Control), STOA / Music Hall Helsinki, Finland (with Timo Menke). 2019 Performance in Rya Forest, Gothenburg (with Fröydi Laszlo). 2019 Screening at ”Uncertainty & the Unknown”, City Arts Nottingham at the Institute of Mental Health, UK (with Fröydi Laszlo). 2019 Screening at ”Halfflloor”, Fylkingen, Stockholm (with Timo Menke). 2019 Group show ”Mitt-Salong 2019” at Exercishallen, Östersund. 2019 Screening, two short films, Fivehundredthousand at Deptford Cinema, London, UK (with Timo Menke and Fröydi Laszlo). 2019 Screening at the conference ”Multispecies Storytelling in Intermedial Practices”, Växjö (with Fröydi Laszlo). 2018 Screening at the SLSA conference ”Out of mind”, Toronto, Canada (with Fröydi Laszlo). 2018 Screening at 35th Kasseler Dokfest, Kassel, Germany (with Timo Menke). 2018 Screening Exground filmfest in Wiesbaden, Germany (with Timo Menke). 2018 Group show at Galleri 54, Gothenburg (with Birt Berglund, Timo Menke and Johan Sundell). 2018 Screening at the conference Earthbound, Aarhus University, Denmark (with Fröydi Laszlo). 2018 Screening at the 64th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany (with Filmform and Timo Menke). 2017 Centrum för fotografi, Center for Photography, Stockholm. 2017 Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin-New cinema and contemporary art. The shortfilm ”Fugitives from the fields” is included in the "Video library", 13-19 March, Paris, France (with Timo Menke). 2016 Screening at the SLSA conference "Control", Stockholm University (with Timo Menke). 2016 Sheffield Fringe 2016, UK (with Timo Menke). CV:

Kommande utställningar

UPCOMING: November 25 – December 11, Group show: Salong CFF 2022, Centrum för fotografi, Stockholm, The short film REBIRTH is officially selected for the Super Shorts Film Festival in Los Angeles, US. Screening December 8, 2022, The short film RETARDATION are officially selected for the Shockfest Film Festival, US, December 10, 2022, The short film REBIRTH is officially selected for the Super Shorts Film Festival in London, UK. Screening December 14, 2022,


Nils Agdler (born 1969 in Östersund, Sweden) is a Swedish visual artist, filmmaker and photographer. He received a MFA from Konstfack in Stockholm, followed by studies in fine arts at Valand Academy in Gothenburg. In his artistic practice, Agdler is interested in contemporary social and visual phenomena, representation and history, posthumanism and colonialism, primarily working in the fields of photography and film. He has been collaborating with the artist and filmmaker Timo Menke in several film projects such as Fugitives from the Fields (2005), Gifted Men (2015) and Brothers to Sisters (2018). Over the past 20 years, he has worked on issues that concern men and masculinities, and produced several exhibitions related to this theme. Most recently, he has produced the short films Rebirth (2018) and Retardation (2021), both parts of the ongoing series Male Nature Studies. His work has been shown at museums and galleries such as The 5th Moscow Biennale in Russia, Ostrale Biennale O21 in Germany, Pori Art Museum in Finland and Kalmar Art museum and Gothenburg Art Museum in Sweden. Recently also at festivals such as Martinique International Film Festival, New York Tri-State Film Festival, Shockfest Film Festival, Obskuur Ghent Film Festival, Defy Film Festival, 24th Très Court International Film Festival, Sidney World Film Festival, Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, 35th Kasseler Dokfest and Exground filmfest in Wiesbaden.


Contact: nils.agdler[at], +46-708-33 84 84




Konstnärlig högskola

Masterutbildning vid Institutionen för konst, Konstfack, Stockholm, 1997-99. Konstlab, Konsthögskolan Valand, Göteborg, 2002-04.

Annan konstnärlig utbildning

Förberedande fotografisk utbildning, Kulturama, Stockholm, 1991.