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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

2017 GIBCA – Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art

2017 family – art – work – surroundings, Gallery Tom Christoffersen, Copenhagen, Denmark

2017 Public commission at Gumaeliusskolan, Örebro, Sweden

2017 Places we share, Krognoshuset, Lund, Sweden

2017-2018 Art Is Happening –  Public Art Agency Sweden, Kristianstad, Sweden

2016 Under one sky – Imago  Mundi, Lincang, China

2015 Map of the new art – Imago Mundi  – Luciano Benetton Collection, Venice, Italy

2015 Lokale, Flensborggade 57, Copenhagen, Denmark

2015 Nyfiken Park – Åbyparken,

2014 Margin, Mön, Denmark

2014 Alma Löv Museum, Sweden

2014 Nyfiken Park – Brandbergsparken

2014 Örebro Konsthall, Sweden

2014 Konstfrämjandet Västmanland, Västerås, Sweden

2013 Myymäla2, Helsinki, Finland

2013 “In-Between” Bergen Kunsthall, Norway

2013 Barriers to bridge – A report as well as an art work, commissioned by TMR

2012-2015 Process leader at the department of strategic planning, Jordbrodialogen,  Haninge Kommun

2012 “Contours of the Common” CCA-Derry, Northern Irland

2012 “Dagens eko – kvart i fem” Varbergs Konsthall, Sweden

2012  “Utan titel – Rapport 2: 2012”  Haninge konsthall, A report made for TMR, produced as an exhibition

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

2011 TRACKS –  New Acquisitions in Malmö Art Museums collection of Nordic contemporary art, 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 “Open Engagement” Marabouparken annex, Sundbyberg, 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  “A radical shift of scenery” – Project at the Office of Regional Planning, Stockholm, Sweden (with Janna Holmstedt, Anna Högberg and Johan Waerndt)

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

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 Minority Report, Århus, Denmark, (with Runo Lagomarsino)

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

2002 More people mediate, Copenhagen, Denmark –

activism and art during the EUsummit in Copenhagen.

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

2017 lecture at Brunnberg och Forshed Arkitektkontor

2016 workshop at Atrium Ljungberg

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)


2017 Nordic culture point – mobility grant

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