Freja Bäckman, I was told I chop wood like a ballet dancer (On Circles), 2020. Photo by Sheung Yiu @sheungyiuphoto
Freja Bäckman, Listening session of the sound work 'I was told I chop wood like a ballet dancer (On Circles)' at HIAP Gallery Augusta during the HIAP Open Studios Spring 2021. Photo by Sheung Yiu @sheungyiuphoto
Freja Bäckman, I was told I chop wood like a ballet dancer (video still), 2018. Videography by Elis Hannikainen
Freja Bäckman, I was told I chop wood like a ballet dancer (performance), 2018. Photo by Tamir Lederberg
Freja Bäckman works as a multidisciplinary artist, educator and researcher. Their practice is concerned with and intertwined by collective formations, informed by queer and feminist methods and methodologies. Through dialogues and negotiations, analysis of power, language and knowledge sharing they work with performance, sound, text, installation and workshops.
Their work has been shown in Finland, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Lebanon, Italy, Poland and France ao. They are doing a doctorate at the Department of Art at the Aalto University and was a visiting scholar at Parsons, The New School in New York. Holds a MA from Art in Context, Berlin University of the Arts. They are based in Berlin and Finland.
I am working on the ongoing body of work I was told I chop wood like a ballet dancer. It is following the origin of the word concert – to contest, question, dispute (with) as well as agreement in action. It has grown as a collective effort and the works within the series have taken different forms, from collective actions to 1 on 1 performances, a concert (performance/installation), video and most recently a vinyl record. During the residency I am developing and bringing together the existing formats. Alongside, I am working on the relating publication Frail Frames together with collaborators. A collection of texts that might function as a frame story.