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I studied at the Royal Academy of fine Arts in Copenhagen between 1998-2003 and holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Malmö Art Academy 2004.

I work with different media, ranging from drawings, to video and text based works as well as process based projects. My work involves critical studies of various issues such as social aspects of urban planning or xenophobia and racism in Denmark and Sweden. In my artistic work i strive to be simultaneously open and yet precise and I search for political sharpness without disregarding the poetic qualities of art.

My practice has the last couple of years often taken place outside the art institutions. I find it interesting to move between different arenas and contexts and I have for several years been engaged in urban planing processes with a focus on issues concerning social aspects of sustainability and planning.

Johan Tirén
Byälvsvägen 223,
128 47 Bagarmossen
+46 73 646 58 73


Malmö Art Academy 2003-2004 (MFA in Visual Arts)
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts 1998-2003

Urban planning / site development / social practice

2015 Nyfiken Park – Åbyparken, consultant working with the development of a park area in Haninge
2015 Handlingsplan Jordbro – consultant working with a report on how to implement the experiences from Jordbrodialogen
2014 Nyfiken Park – Brandbergsparken, consultant working with the development of a park area in Haninge
2014 Process leader centrumdialogen – Brandbergens Centrum
2012-2014 Process leader at the department of strategic planning, Jordbrodialogen, Haninge Kommun
2013 Barriers to bridge – A report as well as an art work, commissioned by TMR
2012 “Utan titel – Rapport 2: 2012” Haninge konsthall, Sweden. A report made for TMR, produced as an exhibition.
2009-2011 “Sharing a society?” (Att dela ett samhälle), (with Janna Holmstedt, Anna Högberg, Johan Waerndt
2010 “without payment” Almedalen, Gotland, Konstfrämjandet (with Anna Högberg, Malin Lobell)
2009 “Open Engagement” Marabouparken annex, Sundbyberg, Sweden
2008 “A radical shift of scenery” – Project at the Office of Regional Planning, Stockholm, Sweden (with Janna Holmstedt, Anna Högberg and Johan Waerndt)
2007 “An isolated corner” with Lena Flodman, exhibition produced in collaboration with NTG Equality ARGUS
2004 Minority Report, Århus, Denmark, (with Runo Lagomarsino)
2002 More people mediate, Copenhagen, Denmark – activism and art during the eu summit in Copenhagen.

Selected art exhibitions and projects

2015 Map of the new art – Imago Mundi – Luciano Benetton Collection, Venice, Italy
2015 Lokale, Flensborggade 57, Copenhagen, Denmark
2014 Margin, Mön, Denmark
2014 Alma Löv Museum, Sweden
2014 Örebro Konsthall, Sweden
2014 Konstfrämjandet Västmanland, Västerås, Sweden
2013 Myymäla2, Helsinki, Finland
2013 “In-Between” Bergen Kunsthall, Norway
2012 “Contours of the Common” CCA-Derry, Northern Irland
2012 “Dagens eko – kvart i fem” Varbergs Konsthall, Sweden
2012 “Hembyg(g)d, Marabouparken, Sweden (with Anna Högberg)
2012 “Temporary Status” Röda Sten, Gothenburg, Sweden
2012 “Supermarket, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden”
2011/2012 ” Encounter with Hill. Selections from the Malmö Art Museum” Lunds Konsthall, Sweden
2011 “Redraw, Rewrite, Retool” Vita kuben, Norrlandsoperan, Umeå, Sweden
2011 “Terms of belonging” Overgaden – Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen
2011 “Iaspis Open Studio” Iaspis, Stockholm , Sweden
2011 Index, Screening of “positions/locations (after E. S. report to the Maritime Museum)”, Stockholm, Sweden.
2011 TRACKS – New Acquisitions in Malmö Art Museums collection of Nordic contemporary art, Malmö konstmuseum, Malmö
2011 “Konsumera mera” Norrköpings konstmuseum, Norrköping, Sweden
2011 “Angry – Young and Radical” Nederlands fotomuseum, Roterdam. (with Runo Lagomarsino)
2010/11 “Modernautställningen 2010”, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
2010/11 “Cash flow”, Botkyrka Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
2010 “!?” Signal – center for contemporary art, Malmö, Sweden
2010 “Vectors of the Possible”, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst in Utrecht, Holland
2010 Konstnärshuset, Stockholm, Sweden
2010 “Denmark 2010 – Instructions to the nation of the “happiest people in the world”, Overgaden – Institute of Contemporary Art., Copenhagen
2009 “Labyrint 09 Writings and observations” Botkyrka Konsthall, Stockholm
2009 “Verka” Studio 44, Stockholm, Sweden
2009 “There is no audience / an exhibition about public imagination”, Montehermoso, Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain (with Christian Hillesø)
2009 Posted 4, Cork, Ireland (with Runo Lagomarsino)
2008 Ours: Democracy in the Age of Branding, Parsons The New School for Design, the Sheila C Johnson Design Center, New York, USA
2008 The Unfair Fair, 1:1projects, Rome, Italy
2007 ”those who control the past command the future – those who command the future conquer the past” with
Runo Lagomarsino, curated by Tone O Nielsen, Overgaden institute of contemporary art, Copenhagen, Denmark
2007 ”Notes on the celebration of a national day” Farsta Gård, Stockholm
2006 “Deep Search”, Göteborgs Konsthall, Göteborg, Sweden
2006 studio 44, Landscape, Stockholm, Sweden
2006 ”we’re saying what you’re thinking” Public manifestations of creative dissent, Lunds stadshall, Sweden
2006 “Out of sight” Verkligheten, Umeå, Sweden (with Runo Lagomarsino)
2006 artwork for Øjebliket (danish magazine)
2005-2006 SKISS, Nynäshamn, Sweden
2005 Malmö Art Academy 10 years, Rooseum, Malmö, Sweden
2005 Konsthall C, Stockholm, Sweden
2004 “History”, galleri PEEP, Malmö, Sweden
2004 Landmark, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway
2004 Videozone, Tel Aviv, Israel
2004 Centre Culturell Suedois, Paris, France
2004 Repetition, Malmö Konsthall, Sweden
2004 Open Studios, Malmö, Sweden, (with Runo Lagomarsino)
2004 S Förstadsgatan 80, Malmö, Sweden
2003 Cartes Blanches,10th Biennial of Moving Images, Geneva. Switzerland
2003 I am a curator, Chisenhale Gallery, London, England, (with Runo Lagomarsino)
2003 copycat, Copenhagen, Denmark, (with V3TO)
2003 3rd International student triennial, Istanbul, Turkey
2003 Hot Spot, Malmö Museum, (with Runo Lagomarsino),
2003 Re/aktion, edited by Kristina Ask, (with Runo Lagomarsino),
2002 V3TONITE, fundamentalism of the new order, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark
2002 Information, Copenhagen, Denmark, (with V3TO)
2002 Efterårsudstillingen, Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark, (with Pia Rönicke)
2002 Bits’n’pieces, video screening, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark
2002 Urban Legend, Konstakuten, Stockholm, Sweden
2002 Brööl, Zoologisk Have, Copenhagen, Denmark
2002 CopCop, Galleri Asbæk underground, Copenhagen, Denmark
2002 Malmö-Oslo 1-0, Overstation, Astrup Fearnley museum, Oslo, Norway
2002 Retur, Köpenhamn, Copenhagen, Denmark
2001 Med tanke på klimatet, Metronome no 7 (edited by clementine Deliss)
2001 Nomadsland, Malmö, Sweden

Selected Workshops and lectures on art and urban planning

2016 lecture at SKL -Sveriges Kommuner och Landsting
2015 lecture at Nacka Kommun
2015 lecture at Färgfabriken, Stockholm
2015 lecture at Upplands Bro kommun
2015 Research Seminar: Public Enquiries, Marabouparken
2015 lecture at Konstfack, Stockholm
2014 lectures at KTH, Stockholm
2014 lecture, art and architecture The Royal Institute of Art Stockholm
2014 lecture at Arvika, Riksteatern Värmland
2013 lecture at Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway
2013 lecture at the Royal Academy of Fine Art , Stockholm
2013 lecture at Visit Våxnäs, Karlstad, Sweden
2013 workshops at the Office of Urban Planing, Gothenburg
2012 workshop on city planning, Sundbyberg, Sweden
2012 workshop and lecture at Marabouparken, Sundbyberg
2012 lecture at KTH, Stockholm
2012 lecture at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
2012 lecture at Malmö Art Academy
2012 lecture at Konstskolan Idun Lovén
2011 lecture at Vita Kuben, Norrlandsoperan, Umeå
2011 lecture and workshop at KTH, Stockholm
2011 lecture and workshop, Skiss conference, Stockholm
2010 lecture and workshop at Tromsö Art Academy, Norway
2010 lectures at Konstfack, Stockholm
2009 lecture and workshop at “Open engagement”, Marabouparken, Stockholm
2009 “Workshop – the development of Ursvik, Stockholm”
2009 “Equality” A series of workshops with Lena Flodman, Skiss Härnösand/Sundsvall
2008 “Uniform” A series of workshop with Lena Flodman, Skiss Härnösand/Sundsvall
2008 “Art history and contemporary art” teaching and workshop at Norra Konstskolan.
2007 “Working with art outside the artscene – an introduction to Skiss” lectures and workshops, with Malin Lobell, Skiss Malmö

Curatorial work

Member of the Advisory board at Konsthall C, Stockholm (2006-2012)
2010 Home Sweet Home, Konsthall C, Stockholm, Sweden
Art consultant Stockholm County Council ( 2009-2011)
Member of the board at gallery Signal in Malmö, Sweden (2001-2005)


2014 The Swedish arts grants committee – 2 year working grant
2013 Iaspis international exchange and travel grant
2013 Kulturkontakt Nord
2012 Innovative Impact – project grant
2012 Iaspis international exchange and travel grant
2011 Iaspis Studio residency in Stockholm
2011 Iaspis international exchange and travel grant
2009 Iaspis international exchange and travel grant
2007 IIaspis international exchange and travel grant
2007 Kulturkontakt Nord (Nordisk kulturfond)
2005 Nifca, Nordic air
2005 Sleipner travel grant
2004 Sleipner travel grant
2004 Hähnels minnesfond, Sweden
2004 Helge Ax:son Johnson, Sweden
2002 Project grant, Billedkunstrådet Denmark.

Represented at

Norrköpings konstmuseum
Gävle kommun
Botkyrka kommun
Malmö Konstmuseum
Skövde Konsthall
Sveriges Allmänna Konstförening