Mia Damberg (b. 1958), known as a textile artist, has always observed the emotional realm of the individual in her work. Her main focal points have included differences and conflicts between the sexes, sexual power, power dynamics within families and romantic relationships, the presence of parents in the lives of children and young people, and shame as well as taboos and other fears. Her art calls attention to these themes through photography series, video pieces and installations.

 

Mia Damberg does not render scientific facts about human life, but rather integrates landscapes and moods into her visual stories in order to convey social experiences. This, partially subconscious, working process entails the artist’s own crossing of personal boundaries – which is characteristic of Damberg’s way of working – and she adapts elements from literature, the media and, in particular, film.

 

“I communicate things to others through my own feelings, fears and notions of shame. Our needs are the same, even though our perspectives are different. My images give life to a contemporary universal human being who is faced with joys and hardship.”

 

Mia Damberg’s earlier work as an investigative artist aimed at depicting the good and the bad woman. She has now shifted her focus to functional and dysfunctional aspects of family. She addresses the myth of the good parent, the parent’s omnipotence in relation to the child, the emotional world of the child and ways in which children interpret the adult world. Her themes include memories, social roles and shame related to certain situations.

 

Damberg studies behavioural patterns that are passed on from generation to generation in her large- and small scale photography, as well as in her video pieces and installations. The strength of the works lies in their ability to inspire reflection and encourage discussion about values. Even though the artist is occasionally the subject of her own pictures, she has increasingly started using other people as emblematic of the human being in her rooms and environments. She also creates rooms which the observer can enter. The body never lies, nor does it forget. Damberg’s installations convey the intimate and heavy atmosphere of the photographs, and memories that have lingered since childhood become tangible.

 

Pamela Andersson, curator

Curriculum Vitae

Mia Damberg

Born in 1958 in Uusikaarlepyy, Finland. Lives and works in Vaasa, Finland

Education

1997-2001

Seinäjoki Polytechnic/Jurva Extension Unit, Clothing/Textile

1982-1983

Koivulahti School of Arts & Crafts

Membership

Artists Association of East Bothnia

MUU ry

Selected soloexhibitions

2015

soloexhibition Shades of Memory,  Villa Gyllenberg, Helsinki

2013

soloexhibition Other Stories,  Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art
soloexhibition, Galleria Visu, Kokkola

2011

Raisio Art museum Harkko, together with Patricia Rodas, Raisio, Finland

2010

Tobaks magasinet, together with Patricia Rodas, Jakobstad, Finland

2008

Works 2006-2008 Ostrobothnian Museum, Vasa, Finland

2007

Galleria Sinne, together with Maria Nordbäck, Helsinki, Finland

2006

Homage to A to M to E to F, Tikanoja Art Museum, Vasa
Faceal Features , together with Patricia Rodas, Stundars, Vasa, Finland

2005

Lands of Twilight, Tikanoja Art Museum, Vasa, Finland
Gallery BE´19, Helsinki,  Finland
Gallery Rådhuset, Uusikaarlepyy, Finland
Salo Art Museum, Salo, Finland

2003

HIDDEN, together with Carina Granlund, City Art Hall, Vaasa, Finland

1999

Inuti-Sisällä-Inside, Installation, the Tikanoja Art Museum, Vaasa, Finland

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016

Keholla, kehossa, kehotta, Galleria Lapinlahti, Helsinki

2012

Landscape, Artist Association of East Bothnia, annual exhibition, Lapua Art Hall, Lapua, Finland

2011

Tässä ajassa – I nutiden, Artist Association of East Bothnia, Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art, Vaasa, Finland

2010

extile Art NYT, TEXO, Raisio Art museum Harkko, Raisio, Finland

2009

Rococo, installation, Tikanoja Art Museum, Vaasa, Finland
Textile Art NYT, TEXO, Design Museum, Helsinki, Finland

2008

Shoes in Art – Art shoes, Tikanoja Art Museum, Vaasa, Finland

2007

Artist Association of East Bothnia, Lapua Art Hall, Lapua,  Finland
PROnto, Finland-Norway Cultural Institute, Oslo, Norway

2006

Pohjalainen Taide 2006, Seinäjoki Art Hall, Seinäjoki, Finland
KONSTI KOTONA, Seinäjoki Art Hall, Seinäjoki, Finalnd
Feelings?, Union of Finnish Art Associations, Jämsä, Finland
Artists Association of East Bothnia, Tobaksmagasinet, Pietarsaari, Finland
ÅÄÖ, Namsos, Nord-Tröndelag, Norway
Galleri 1, from the environmental art workshop, Klaebu, Norway

2005

As we see it, Nelimarkka Museum, Alajärvi, Finland
Northern Fibre 06, International Textile exhibition, Kerava Art Museum, Kerava, Finland
Ostrobothnia (PLATFORM), GRAZ, Regensburg, Deutchland
Pampas (PLATFORM), Galleria HUUTO, Helsinki, Finland
TEXTILE05, International Triennal, Kaunas, Lithuania
MOPE05 (movement to performance), International performance/happening, Vasa, Finland
KONSTI, Galleria Myötätuuli, Raahe, Finland
Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia, VAMdesign Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

2004

Unten mailla, Tikanoja Art Museum, Vasa, Finland
KONSTI, Nelimarkka Museum, Alajärvi, Finland
Verkaranta, Tampere, Finland
Artists association of East Bothnia, Seinäjoki, Finland
The Annual Exhibition of the Artists Association of East Bothnia
the City Art Hall, Vasa, Finland

2003

Artists Association of East Bothnia, Invitational, Vaasa City Art Hall, Vasa, Finland
Art in the Middle of the North Project, Happening downtown, Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
Art in the Middle of the Northproject, the Ahlberghall, Östersund, Sweden
Art in the Middle of the Northproject, Kunstföreningen, Norway
PLATFORM, in collaboration with Gallery Verkligheten in Umeå, Sweden

2002

Tikanoja Art Museum, Homage (installation), Vasa, Finland
N-Y-T, Texo:s sixth triennal, Lappeenranta (FIN), Oulu (FIN), Lodz (PO)
Muu-Suomi, collaboration of six artists associations, Prague, Czech Rep.
Gallery Varikko, KONSTI, Seinäjoki, Finland

2001

KONSTI+, Ostrobothnian Museum, Vasa, Finland
NO-ART, PLATFORM, Vasa, Finland

2000

The Annual Exhibition Artists Assoc.iation of East Bothnia, Vaasa City Art Hall, Vasa, Finland
Lámour, Tikanoja Art Museum, Vasa, Finland
Form-Image, Ostrobothnian Museum, Vasa, Finland

2000

Art in the Middle of the North, Skaparkraft, Stjördal, Norway
Art & Crafts Summer, Sveaborg, Helsinki, Finland

Selected Grants

2012

The Arts Council of Ostrobothnia, 1-year Artist´s Grant.

2011

Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, 1-year Artist´s Grant

2010

Arts Council of Finland, 1-year Artist´s Grant

2007

The Arts Council of Ostrobothnia, 1-year Artist´s Grant.

2005

The Arts Council of Ostrobothnia, ½-year Artist´s Grant

2003

Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, 1-year Artist´s Grant

2002

The Arts Council of Ostrobothnia, ½ Artist´s Grant

1997

The Arts Council of Ostrobothnia, 2 months Artist´s Grant

Works in Public Spaces / Collections

2013

Bröderna Gröndahls Association, Vaasa

2009

City of Vaasa, (Ostrobothnian Museum collection), Vaasa

2008

Collection Swanljung, Kuntsi Museum of modern Art, Vaasa

2003, 2005

PRO ARTIBUS, Tammisaari

2000

City of Vaasa (Ostrobothnian Museum collection), Vaasa

Awards

2006

The Cultural Price of the Year, Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland

Commissions of Trust

2008-2010

PRO ARTIBUS, member of the board

2007-

Artist Association of East Bothnia, member of the board

Other

2007

Artist in residency, ORNAMO, New York

2006

The Artist of the Year at Tikanoja Art Museum, Vasa
Midnorth Environmental Art workshop, Trondheim, Norway

2005

Northern Fibre, International workshop, Tuusula, Finland
Artist exchange, Portland, Oregon, USA
Artist in residence, Nelimarkka-atelje, Alajärvi, Finland

2004

The Arts Committee of East Bothnia, Artist in recidence, Prague, Czech Republic

2002

FST (Finnish Swedish Television), Villa Strömsö
Radio Vega, Art and life belongs together

1998-2000

Project Skaparkraft