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 journal, rewarded with the Swedish Publishing prize 2018. Susanne is part of CFF Exhibition Group. In addition to museum or 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 journal 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 journal,  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

Curator “Almost perfect”, group exhibition with Moment photgraphers, Sune Johnsson center för dokumentärfotografi, Västerbottens museum, 2018.
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 naturen”, 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, with Anja Liljefors and Ann-Sofi Rosenkvist, ”Planket 2014, Angelägenheter”, group show with 31 participating photographers, public space, 2014.

Awards and Grants

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

Writings

Interview: ”Samtal med Hannah Modigh”, VERK journal, nr 3 2018.
Editor and writer: “Catalog to the Exhibition Flyktpunkt 2018 - Ny svensk fotografi”
Exhibitiontext: Elin Berge, Queejna/Queen, Konsthallen, Kulturens Hus, Luleå 2018.
Essay: ”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: Elin Berge, Queejna/Queen, Murberget, Härnösand 2018.
Essay: "Nelli Palomäki - Dora and Vera", VERK journal, no 2 2018.
Interview: ”Lotta Törnroth – Om havet”, VERK journal, no 1 2018.
Essay: "En dekolonial läsning av Santiago Mostyns verk Delay", VERK journal, no 2 2017.
Article: "Materialet som metod - samtal med Nini Hansen", VERK journal, no 2 (2017).
Essay: "Fotografi och känslor i fotoboken: En läsning genom teori om affekt", text for catalogue about the Swedish Photobook Prize, 2017.
Essay: "Fotografi och video i offentliga rum", VERK journal, no 1 (2017)
Essay: "Twisted Cherry av Julia Peirone", VERK journal, no 4 (2016)
Interview: "Kompositioner av tankar - samtal med Lina Selander", VERK journal, no 3 (2016)
Interview: "Still Life Sludge av Sara Bjarland", VERK journal, no 2 (2016).
Essay: "Melissa Shook - Illusionen av det vardagliga", Bulletinen no 3 (2015).
Interview: "Melissa Shook - Livet hoppressat till en platt rektangel", Cora no 42 (2015).
Essay: "Protect me from what I want", Fotografisk tidskrift 2013.
Review: "Italia" av Martin Bogren, Fotografisk tidskrift,  2016.
Review: "The Belt of Venus and the Shadow of the Earth" av Inka Lindergård & Niklas Holmström, Fotografisk tidskrift, 2016.
Review: "#mobilism" av Hans Malm, Fotografisk tidskrift, 2016.
Review: "M" av Micha Pedan, Fotografisk tidskrift, 2016
Review: "Det som blir kvar" av Emanuel Cederqvist , Fotografisk tidskrift, 2015.
Review: "Var dig själv bland alla andra" av Johan Selles, Fotografisk tidskrift, 2015.
Review: "Changed positions" av Maria Friberg, Fotografisk tidskrift, 2014.
Editor "Planket Angelägenheter", catalogue for exhibition, 2014.

Lectures and artist talks

Lecture: Photography seminar 2018 “Perfect Nordic”, Sune Jonsson Centrum för dokumentärfotografi, Västerbottens museum, 2018.
Reviewer at portfolio review: The Finnish Association of Photojournalists, at Dubrovnik Lounge & Lobby, 15 June, Helsinki.
Workshop leader: Moment agency in Helsonki 13-15 June 2017.
Artists talk: Nordic Moments, The Finnish Association of Photojournalists at Dubrovnik Lounge & Lobby, 15 June, Helsinki.
Workshop leader: ”Present your work for portfolio reviews”, Transeurope program, The Finnish Museum Of Photography. Stockholm, 2018.
Workshop leader: Moment agency in Stockholm 15-17 October 2017.
Lecture: "Photography and video in public space". Fotogalleriet [format], Malmö, 2017.
Moderator, artist talk: "Flyktpunkt – New Swedish Photography 2017". 2017, CFF – Centrum för fotografi.
Talk: "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: Susanne Fessé and Ulf Lundin in conversation with Lotta Törnroth and Simon Berg at Blackbook publishing and Cecilia Grönberg at OEI editor. Landskrona Fotofestival, Photobook day,  2017.
Moderator, artist talk and disussion: "Camerabased Site-specific temporary art in the public space: Artist talk and disussion with Annica Karlsson-Rixon and Björn Larsson", VERK | Curerar at Grundemark Nilsson Gallery - 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 journal is rewarded with the Swedish Publishing prize 2018.

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