Born 1979 in Stockholm, Sweden, based in Berlin & New York
2000-2004 School of Architecture, Royal School of Technology, Stockholm
2003 Universität der Künste, Berlin
2004-2007 University College of Arts Crafts and Design, Konstfack, Stockholm
Klara Lidén‘s installations and video performances question the functions of private and public space, playing on the idea of the uncanny. Lidén makes use of found materials, urban detritus, and pre-existing elements to create solid- seeming structures that nonetheless convey a feeling of melancholy. Her solo shows have included exhibitions as the Serpentine Gallery, London (2010), the Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2011), and the New Museum, New York (2012). Lidén’s work was included in the Danish and Nordic Pavilions at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009), on the 54th edition she received a special mention from the jury. She was invited to Manifesta 10, St. Petersburg (2014) and to the Istanbul Biennale in 2017. Her work is included in the collections of the MOMA, New York, the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, and the Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, among others.
„Much of her work operates as a series of staged paradoxes: thus, her androgyny should not be confused with asexuality; her acts of aggression or anarchy should not be read as ‘authentic’; and her urban exploration should not be assessed in literal terms. Rather, the uncanny friction that occurs when emotion collides with action, object or architecture, lies at the core of Lidén’s brand of romantic conceptu- alism. She is a self-styled anti-hero.“ (Kathy Noble)