Petra Hultman, Full Sysselsättning/Full Employment
Petra Hultman Full Sysselsättning/Full Employment 26 September – 20 October
Petra Hultman graduated from the Royal Institute of Fine Art in Stockholm in 2017 and has, since then, gained considerable recognition for her narratives concerning crafts, diligence, and work in the home. Her latest pieces have centered on the relationship between time, work, and value. Here she has placed a focus on the rhetoric and ideals from the era that saw the emergence of the Swedish welfare state, emphasizing the large amount of reproductive work undertaken by the Swedish housewife within the walls of the home. With a special interest in the manner in which ideals and ideologies are expressed, embraced, shaped and forwarded, Petra examines how memory and identity are constructed and manifested in both the individual as well as our society as a whole.
In the exhibition Full Sysselsättning/Full Employment, Petra Hultman builds on the work of other women. This is an exhibition that would not have been possible without those women who remained within the confines of the home, working laboriously. With that as a starting point, Hultman has created a room full of time and intricate patterns, saturated with diligence and profitless production. An installation created by untapped resources through a drive to work, a restlessness, and the work of the hands.
Petra Hultman was born in 1983 in Smålandsstenar, and lives and works in Stockholm and Småland. Since her graduation, she has received several grants and awards, among others, the In Memory of Anna-Lisa Thomson grant (2017), the Pontus Bonnier grant (2017) and the Beckers Artist Grant (2018). Hultman has exhibited at, among other venues, Göteborgs Konsthall, Färgfabriken and Galerie Forsblom in Stockholm.
Celia Prado, Curator/ Artistic Director SKF