Hillside Projects (Emily Berry Mennerdahl & Jonas Böttern) is an artist duo based in Stockholm. Through an exploration of methods of storytelling and performative strategies their work is manifested as installations including photography, text, drawing and fabric as well as video works, publications and performances. During the last few years tales surrounding extinction have been at the core of their work, and they attempt to approach this tragic subject matter by embracing the comedic and slightly absurd. Thus attempting to locate alternative ways to talk about species loss and human/more than human relationships. To understand the cultural assumptions behind what is of value in nature and what is not, and how this forms us.
Who should be saved and why? Who decides who should be saved? Is it time to say goodbye?
Hillside Projects’ videos are distributed by FilmForm - The Art Film and Video Archive and Vidéographe Montréal. They are board members of ID:I Galleri in Stockholm and Böttern is a board member of NKF (Nordic Art Association).
Emily Berry Mennerdahl, born 1980, holds an MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University, Montréal (2009) and a BA (Hons) Photography from Manchester Metropolitan University, U.K (2004). Since returning to Sweden she has taken part in the Independent Study Programme at Valand Art Academy, Gothenburg (2009) and The Photographic Artist Book Postgraduate Course at The Royal Institute of Art Stockholm (2018). Prior to Hillside Projects she collaborated with Canadian artist Veronique Malo in The Independant Study Group and has taken part in residencies, screenings and exhibitions in amongst other places The Banff Centre, Articule Montréal, Excentris Montréal, Botkyrka Konsthall, Urbis Centre. Berry Mennerdahl was previously a research assistant at Hexagram -Media Arts at Concordia University and occasionally works as a visiting associate lecturer in Photography at Manchester School of Art, MMU, England and The Royal Institute of Art Stockholm. She also works as a translator in the Arts and Culture Sector, translating texts from Swedish to English.
Jonas Böttern, born 1977 in Lund, completed his MFA in Fine Arts at Konstfack - University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm (2016). Upon graduation at Konstfack Böttern as awarded the honorouble Principle Scholarship. Recently (2020), Jonas completed the postgraduate course Art in the Open at Konstfack. Prior to his studies at Konstfack, Böttern has participated in artist residencies in China and India and is self-taught with a background in painting and drawing. Traveling has always played a significant role in his artist practice and continues to do so. Jonas is a board member of NKF (The Nordic Art Association) in Stockholm. He also works as a guide at the Nordic Museum in Stockholm, an occupation that informs and inspires performative aspects of his artist practice.