2015 Season II
Artist Statement/ Biography
Knutte Wester's art is about our society, and the points where society falls short. His work often takes shape in open processes where the artwork is created through collaborations. He works with video, sculpture and installation. Irrespective of the technique, there is always a documentary element in the work.
Knutte Wester is a storyteller. Or rather, a story-reteller. In his art he gives voice to those who would otherwise not be able to make themselves heard. It is the ordinary man, his life and circumstances that matter. Often, he tells the stories of people who have suffered from the shortcomings of society. It might be homeless Ivona and her three children, grandmother Hervor who was born a "bastard" or the refugee boy Gzim. A recurring theme is that of the need to leave a trace; what is left when a person leaves a place, whether it be voluntary or involuntary.
Knutte Wester graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Umeå in 2003 and has participated in several group and solo exhibitions in Moscow, Johannesburg and Stockholm.