Hillside Projects is a collaborative research and production group based in Stockholm, formed by Emily Mennerdahl and Jonas Böttern in 2011. Hillside Projects work interdisciplinary, always trying to dismantle and re-consider facts and knowledge with a focus on nature/culture. The group reflects upon methods of collecting, ordering, layering and presenting information and research material. Performative strategies, storytelling, collaboration and artistic research are important components of their joint practice. The projects are manifested through drawing, photography, lecture performances, installations and video. Hillside Projects are committed to working in dialogue with other thinkers and professionals from a variety of fields. Hillside Projects are members of the artist run galleri ID:I in Stockholm.
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Bio Emily Mennerdahl
Emily Mennerdahl is a Swedish/British artist based in Stockholm, Sweden with a background in photography. She holds a BA (Hons) in Photography from Manchester School of Art in Manchester U.K and an MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. She has taken part in the one-year post graduate program The Independant Study Program at Valand Academy in Gothenburg and is currently a student on The Photographic Artist Book at The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm (2018).
Prior to Hillside Projects, Emily has been included in exhibitions and residencies both in Sweden and internationally such as Galerie Articule and FOFA gallery in Montreal, The Banff Centre, Urbis Centre etc. Emily has a particular interest in teaching and writing and has taught on several occasions as a visiting associate lecturer on the BA Photography course at Manchester Metropolitan University and also offers proof reading and translation services (Swedish and English) for arts professionals and artists.
Bio Jonas Böttern
Jonas Böttern is a Swedish artist currently based in Stockholm. Jonas has a background in painting and drawing, which has over the years developed into an interdisciplinary artist practice. Spending many years as a self-taught artist, travelling and taking part in artist residencies in countries such as China and India, Jonas went on to complete an MFA in 2016 at Konstfack, University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden. Upon graduation he was awarded the honorable Principle Scholarship for his thesis show.
Jonas has been awarded grants from IASPIS (Swedish Arts Grants Committee) and Helge:Axsson Johns Stiftelse for initiating artist projects and taking part in artist residencies such as TCG Nordica in Kunming, China. Alongside his artist practice he has worked on numerous documentary films as well as for Swedish Radio as an illustrator. Jonas has previously worked on several public and private commissions for mural paintings. Currently, alongside Hillside Projects, Jonas is working together with Salad Hilowle on a commissioned video portrait of Tensta Konsthall in Stockholm, Sweden.