Bio

 

 

In his works Christian Saldert composes various visual stages charging the image with identifiable elements that gain new narrativity in their entity. He concludes his focus on composition as a visually enticing aesthetic methodology. By using theoretical references of Lettrisme and the forgotten visual fragments, he aims to simulate and visualize how information is communicated and disseminated.

For me painting is a form of poetry. The composition becomes meaningful by its form while lacking direct semantic content. My aim is to simulate the method through which information is conveyed and disseminated. I pick up otherwise forgotten fragments in the sea of digitized images, from the end of 19th century onward. I search images out of our digitized world and enlarge, color, accentuate certain parts, modify, layer and cut to create entities and stories. I want to give these images from our past a new life so that they can become real objects again.”

 

Christian Saldert
Born 1977 in Gothenburg (SE). Lives and works in Helsinki (FI)
Educated in the Central Saint Martins in London (BFA) and The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm (MFA), Christian Saldert works with painting and video as his main medium. Saldert’s artistic practice is an immaculate conceptual and fictional composition process paying tribute to the tradition of painting. Christian Saldert works with various collaborations. His most recent work includes acting in a leading role for the Golden Bear nominated (2018) Toppen av Ingenting / The Real Estate, World Premiere at 68th Berlinale Film Festival. Recent exhibitions include Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Stockholm; Riksarkivet, Stockholm & Espacio Continuo, Bogota. Other recent commissions include an exclusive series of limited edition prints with Costume Designer and Stylist Bea Åkerlund for Absolut Art, charity work for Faktum as well music video direction for prominent Swedish artists such as Joel Alme, Jonas Lundqvist and Josefin Öhrn. Saldert is a Svenska Kulturfonden working grant holder.

 

 

Education

2008 MFA Fine Arts, Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm
2004 BFA Fine Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London
2002 Gerlesborgsskolan, Stockholm
2001 BTEC Diploma in Art and Design, Blake College, London

Solo Presentations

2022 Upcoming Oodi Helsinki Central Library, Helsinki FI
2021 Verdens Gang // The Thought of the World, Porvoo Art Hall, Porvoo FI
2015 Take Me Beyond Something Else Off Biennale, Cairo Egypt
2015 And the Sadness Lasts Forever Absolut Art Riksarkivet, Stockholm Sweden
2013 The Birthday party: Ten Personal Attempts at Pursuing Individualism in a World of Total
Egocentrics
Galleri Jonas Kleerup, Stockholm Sweden
2012 Bodies of the Unreal Galleri Jonas Kleerup, Stockholm Sweden
2010 Cynicism We Still Can Believe In NordhemsKonst, Gothenburg Sweden
2010 The Politics of the Unpolitical Galleri Jonas Kleerup, Stockholm Sweden
2009 The Final Session The Final Session, Amsterdam The Netherlands
2008 The Thick Black Lies Galleri Jonas Kleerup, Stockholm Sweden
2008 Fienden Art Depoo, Tallinn Estonia
2006 Deleting Method, Restaurant Riche, Stockholm Sweden

Group Exhibitions (selected)

2017 Avec Carl Larsson, Hôtel Chevillon, Grez-sur-Loing, France
2016 ORDETS AKT Kulturhuset, Stockholm Sweden
2011 From the Dark towards the Light Galleri Jonas Kleerup, Stockholm Sweden
2009 This is Art Galleri Jonas Kleerup, Stockholm Sweden
2008 Swedish Destiny and Adventure Sebastian Guinness Gallery, Dublin Ireland
2008 MA exhibition The Royal Institute of Art Stockholm Sweden
2008 620TUM – Computer Image Choreography #2 Galleri Jonas Kleerup, Stockholm Sweden
2007 Galleri Jonas Kleerup, Stockholm Sweden
2007 Reality ends here Galleri Odea, Stockholm Sweden
2007 11/192m2 Galleri Odea, Stockholm Sweden
2007 Grafikens Hus, Mariefred,Stockholm Sweden
2006 Horror Vacuii The Royal Institute of Art Stockholm Sweden
2006 Artery Tour Kulturhuset, Stockholm Sweden
2006 Red Passion Galleri Spread, Allmäna Galleriet, Riche, Stockholm Sweden
2006 Schwederei Film Festival, Berlin Germany.

Acting

2018 Toppen av Ingenting / The Real Estate, World Premiere 68th Berlinale Film Festival
Directd by Måns Månsson & Axel Petersén // Flybridge

Prizes

2019 Nominated for Best Direction: Guldbaggen Gala // Svenska Filminstitutet, Stockholm
2019 Nominated for Le Reflet d’Or Best Feature Film // Geneva International Film Festival
2018 Nominated for Golden Bear for Best Film // 68th Berlinale Film Festival, Berlin DE

Film Festivals

2019 Guldbaggen Svenska Filminstitutet, Stockholm
2018 68th Berlinale Film Festival, Berlin Germany
2018 Cape Town International Film Market and Festival, Cape Town South Africa
2018 31st Helsinki International Film Festival Love & Anarchy, Helsinki Finland
2018 International Cinematographers Film Festival Manaki Brothers, Skopje Macedonia
2018 The Hong Kong International Film Festival, Hong Kong
2018 18th the New Horizons IFF, Wrocław Poland
2018 Jerusalem Film Festival, Jerusalem Israel
2018 20th Taipei Film Festival, Taipei
2018 European Film Festival Palić, Subotica Serbia
2018 Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival, Neuchâtel Switzerland
2018 The Scandinavian Film Festival, Sydney & Melbourne Australia

Commissioned work

Institutions & Organizations
2020 Northern Sustainability, Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture
2019 Living heritage in the Nordic countries, Hanaholmen, Espoo Finland
2016 Messukeskus ArtHelsinki International Fair for Contemporary Art, Helsinki Finland
2016 War, Police and Assemblages of Intervention. Bachmann, Bell & Holmqvist. Routledge
2015 Messukeskus ArtHelsinki International Fair for Contemporary Art, Helsinki Finland
2015 Absolut Art, Stockholm Sweden
2011 The National Sports Museum of Sweden Riksidrottsmuseet, Stockholm Sweden
2010 Musikministeriet, Sveriges Television – the Swedish public service broadcaster
2009 Kobra, Sveriges Television – the Swedish public service broadcaster

Music videos
2015 Joel Alme Våran Sort
2015 Josefin Öhrn Take Me Beyond
2014 Joel Alter Everlasting
2014 Josefin Öhrn Sunny Afternoon
2012 Kriget Me
2011 Jonas Lundqvist Du, Drömmar och Jag
2010 Hästpojken Jag e Jag

Album Covers
2013 Hästpojken En magisk tanke
2008 Hästpojken Caligula
2007 Maskinen Alla som inte dansar är våldtäktsmän
2007 Maskinen Segertåget

Interior
2012 Vassa Eggen, Stockholm
2012 Bucco Nero, Stockholm
2008 Vassa Eggen, Stockholm

Grants

2021 Svenska Kulturfonden Working Grant 1 year
2017 The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Residency Scholarship at Grez-Sur-Loing France
2015 The Swedish Arts Grants Committee Konstnärsnämden Working grant 2 years
2009 The Swedish Arts Grants Committee Konstnärsnämden Working grant 1 year
2007 Foundation Stiftelsen AAA
2006 Foundation Stiftelsen AAA
2005 Foundation Stiftelsen Gustaf & Ida Unmans Donationsfond

Other

Participation in international art fairs, including
Art Copenhagen, Copenhagen
Pulse, New York
Market, Stockholm