Susanne Fessé (1977) is a curator, art historian and writer based in Stockholm, Sweden, with an education from Stockholm University and Konstfack. She has served as acting manager at CFF - Centrum för fotografi (Center of Photography) and is one of the founders of and the publisher at VERK Tidskrift. Susanne is part of CFF Exhibition Group. She recently curated “Flyktpunkt 2017 - New Swedish Photography” at CFF - Center for Photography and "A Room of One's Own" - a curatorial collaboration between VERK | Curerar, C-Print Journal and TjejLand at Wetterling Gallery, 2017. In addition to gallery shows, she has curated a number of temporary site-specific exhibitions in public space. As author, she has published articles in, among others, Bulletinen, Fotografisk Tidskrift, Cora, Verk Tidskrift and Catalogue for the Swedish Photobook Prize, 2017.

Link: Selected Works and Engagements.
For inquiries, please contact: info [at] susannefesse.se, +46 (0) 70 743 08 96

 

Working positions

Publisher VERK tidskrift,  2016 - present.
Exhibition group member at CFF - Centrum för fotografis (Center of Photography, Sweden), 2018 - present.
Independent curator / art historian / writer, 2008 - present.
Art teacher at the Modern Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, 2015 - present.
Acting manager at CFF - Centrum för fotografi (Center of Photography), 2017.
Group critique leader in coloboration with CFF - Centrum för fotografi and SFF - Svenska fotografernas förbund, 2016 - present.


Education

”Bachelor (BA) of Art History” including MA essay on contemporary photography, Stockholms University, Stockholm, 2003 - 2008.

Courses (MA), 2016:
”Postkoloniala Perspektiv”, Stockholm University.
”Genusperspektiv på konst och visuell kultur”, Stockholm University.
”Konstvärldar I, offentlig konst”, Linnéuniversitetet.
”Konstpedagogik” Linnéuniversitetet.

“Curatorial Studies”, Stockholm University, 2015.
“Project managements”, Stockholm University, 2015.
“The History of Photography and Video Art”, Konstfack, Stockholm, 2013 - 2014.
“History”, Södertörns högskola, 2005.

Exhibitions

Jury and writer “Flyktpunkt – New Swedish Photography 2018” group show, CFF – Centrum för fotografi, 2018.
Curator “Flyktpunkt – New Swedish Photography 2017” group show, CFF – Centrum för fotografi, 2017.
Curator, "A Room of One´s Own" - a curatorial collaboration between VERK | Curerar (Susanne Fessé and Linda Bergman), C-print Journal and TjejLand at Wetterling Gallery, 2017.
Curator, “Salong CFF”, Centrum för fotografi, curator together with Iréne Berggren. Group show 140 participating photographers, 2017.
Curator, "Korsfästelsen av det kvinnliga martyrskapet (återbesök)" by Annica Karlsson Rixon, Skeppsholmen, public space Stockholm, 2016.
Curator, Ulf Lundin, “Here You Are,” 22: a oktober, Fredsgatan, public space, Stockholm, 2015.
Curator, Julia Peirone, “Twisted Cherry”, 5:e november, Stureplan, public space, Stockholm, 2015.
Curator, Björn Larsson, “Mitt i nature”, 6:e december, Hornstull, public space, Stockholm, 2015.
Curator, “Salong CFF”, Centrum för fotografi, group show 120 participating photographers, 2015.
Curator, “Salong CFF”, Centrum för fotografi, group show 110 participating photographers, 2014.
Curator, ”Planket 2014, Angelägenheter”, group show with 60 participating photographers, public space, 2014. Editor for "Planket Angelägenheter", catalogue for exhibition, 2014.

Awards and Grants

VERK tidskrift is nominated to Publishingpriset 2018 as Webbjournal.
VERK tidskrift - Production Grant for Cultural Magazines, Kulturrådet, Stockholm, 2018.
VERK tidskrift - Production Grant for Cultural Magazines, Kulturrådet, Stockholm, 2017.
VERK | Curerar (Susanne Fessé and Linda Bergman) - Grant from Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse for the event "Camerabased Site-specific Temporary Art in the Public Space", Stockholm, 2016
VERK | Curerar (Susanne Fessé and Linda Bergman) - Grant from Kulturförvaltningen Stockholm stad, Stockholm, 2016
Expanderande fotografi no. 1-3,  Grant from Kulturförvaltningen Stockholm stad, Stockholm, 2015.
Svenska författarfonden: One year workgrant, 2007.
Svenska författarfonden: One year workgrant, 2008.

Writings

Editor and writer for: “Catalog to the Exhibition Flyktpunkt 2018 - Ny svensk fotografi”
Exhibitiontext for Elin Berge, Queejna/Queen, Konsthallen, Kulturens Hus, Luleå 2018.
”Konst i det offentliga rummet med vilja att påverka”, text on commission for the exhibition: Birgit Ståhl-Nyberg: Framtiden på väg, Uppsala konstmuseum 2018.
Exhibitiontext for Elin Berge, Queejna/Queen, Murberget, Härnösand 2018.
"Nelli Palomäki - Dora and Vera", VERK tidskrift, nr 2 2018.
”Lotta Törnroth – Om havet”, VERK tidskrift, nr 1 2018.
"En dekolonial läsning av Santiago Mostyns verk Delay", VERK tidskrift, nr 2 2017.
"Materialet som metod - samtal med Nini Hansen", VERK tidskrift nr 2 (2017).
"Fotografi och känslor i fotoboken: En läsning genom teori om affekt", text for catalogue about the Swedish Photobook Prize, 2017.
"Fotografi och video i offentliga rum", VERK tidskrift nr 1 (2017)
"Twisted Cherry av Julia Peirone", VERK tidskrift nr 4 (2016)
"Kompositioner av tankar - samtal med Lina Selander", VERK tidskrift  nr 3 (2016)
"Still Life Sludge av Sara Bjarland", VERK tidskrift nr 2 (2016).
"Melissa Shook - Illusionen av det vardagliga", Bulletinen nr 3 (2015).
"Melissa Shook - Livet hoppressat till en platt rektangel", Cora nr 42 (2015).
"Protect me from what I want", Fotografisk tidskrift 2013.
"Italia" av Martin Bogren, Fotografisk tidskrift,  2016.
"The Belt of Venus and the Shadow of the Earth" av Inka Lindergård & Niklas Holmström, Fotografisk tidskrift, 2016.
"#mobilism" av Hans Malm, Fotografisk tidskrift, 2016.
"M" av Micha Pedan, Fotografisk tidskrift, 2016
"Det som blir kvar" av Emanuel Cederqvist , Fotografisk tidskrift, 2015.
"Var dig själv bland alla andra" av Johan Selles, Fotografisk tidskrift, 2015.
"Changed positions" av Maria Friberg, Fotografisk tidskrift, 2014.

Lectures and artist talks

- Reviewer at portfolio review, The Finnish Association of Photojournalists, at Dubrovnik Lounge & Lobby, 15 June, Helsinki.
- Workshop leader, three days for Moment agency in Helsonki 13-15 June 2017.
- Artists talk: Nordic Moments, The Finnish Association of Photojournalists at Dubrovnik Lounge & Lobby, 15 June, Helsinki.
- Transeurope program, The Finnish Museum Of Photography. Workshop leader ”Present your work for portfolio reviews”, Stockholm, February 2018.
- Workshop leader, three days for Moment agency in Stockholm 15-17 October 2017.
- Lecture at Fotogalleriet [format]: "Photography and video in public space". 2017.
- Moderator, artist talk: "Flyktpunkt – New Swedish Photography 2017". 2017, CFF – Centrum för fotografi.
- "Matter of Concern - Photography in a Changing Environment", Konstfack in cooperation with Valand Academy - presentation at symposium by VERK (Linda Bergman and Susanne Fessé), 2017.
- Artist talks at Landskrona Fotofestival, Photobook day,  CFF's Susanne Fessé and Ulf Lundin in conversation with Lotta Törnroth and Simon Berg at Blackbook publishing and Cecilia Grönberg at OEI editor. 2017.
- Moderator, artist talk and disussion: VERK | Curerar (Susanne Fessé and Linda Bergman) at Grundemark Nilsson Gallery - "Camerabased Site-specific Temporary Art in the Public Space: Artist talk and disussion with Annica Karlsson-Rixon and Björn Larsson", Stockholm, 2016.

 

"A Room of One´s Own" - a curatorial collaboration between VERK | Curerar (Susanne Fessé and Linda Bergman), C-print Journal and TjejLand at Wetterling Gallery, 2017.

 

"Korsfästelsen av det kvinnliga martyrskapet (återbesök)" by Annica Karlsson Rixon, Skeppsholmen, public space Stockholm, 2016.

 

VERK tidskrift is nominated to Publishingpriset 2018 as Webbjournal.

Verk tidskrift,  2016 - present, www.verktidskrift.se

 

Moderator, artist talk: "Flyktpunkt – New Swedish Photography 2017". 2017, CFF – Centrum för fotografi.

Flyktpunkt - New Swedish Photography 2017. Installation photo: Simon Berg.

 

"Matter of Concern - Photography in a Changing Environment", Konstfack in cooperation with Valand Academy - presentation at symposium by VERK (Linda Bergman and Susanne Fessé), 2017