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Lena Mattsson

Born 1966 in Kungshamn

Bohuslän, Sweden

Lives and works in Malmö, Sweden


”What is beyond the surface? What is it that we actually see and what is only an interpretation of what we think we see based on our social and cultural references and personal experience? There is always something unnerving about Lena Mattsson’s art. You think you know what you have seen but nevertheless you feel you have witnessed and experienced something else entirely. She is a master in playing with our perceptions and senses. She takes us to a place and introduces us to what often seems as a simple situation but wich turns out to be something quite extraordinary. This duality and tension invest her works with a very exceptional quality. ”


Bera Nordal

Director, The Nordic Watercolour Museum, Skärhamn, Sweden


Lena Mattsson is primarily a video and performance artist though she started her career with painting. There are numerous references in her work to art history and to the world of films. Mattsson has shown her films and video installations in a number of exhibitions around the world. 

Selected solo exhibitions

Moderna Museet Malmö, Sweden

Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden

Malmö Art Museum, Sweden

Nordic Watercolour Museum, Skärhamn, Sweden

Konsthallen, Bohusläns Museum, Uddevalla, Sweden

Nässjö Konsthall, Sweden

Molekyl Gallery, Malmö, Sweden

Skissernas Museum - Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art, 

Birgit Rausings sal, Sweden
The Art Gallery at Bohusläns Museum, Uddevalla, Sweden

Selected film screenings, and group exhibitions 

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark

Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago, Chile

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland

Museum for Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark

European Media Art Festival Osnabrück, Germany

Transmission Gallery Glasgow, Scotland

National Art Gallery Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Metropolitan Art Museum, Pusan, South Korea

7th International Festival of New Film Split, Croatia


Portobello Film Festival, London, England

Galerie EIGEN+ART, Germany

Göteborgs Konsthall, Göteborg Film Festival, Göteborg, Sweden

Moderna Museet, Malmö and Stockholm, Sweden

Malmö Konsthall, Sweden

Triennal of Expanded Media, Belgrade, Serbia

Island of Light, Smögen, Sweden

Mumbai Entertainment International Film Festival

Munich New Wave Short Film Festival

Tokyo International Short Film Festival


New York Tri-State International Film Festival

THE MAGIC OF CINEMA Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain

Purple Sky Internationell Film Festival, Hamburg, Germany

Hollywood Best Indie Film Award

Humro Cinema Film Fest, Pokhara, Nepal

Movie Play International Film Festival!, London
United Kingdom, Award Winner

Bestlov Film Festival, Award Winner

Mars International Film Festival

NYC Independent Film Festival, Finalist 

Magic Silver Screen Film Festival 2024, Award Winner

4th Dimension Independent Film Festival 2024, Award Winner

Beyond the Curve International Film Festival 2024, Award Winner

Black & White Film Festival 2024, Award Winner

Kraken International Film Festival's Winter 2024 season, Nominee

Zeal International Film Festival 2024, Finalist

Stingray International Film Festival 2024, Finalist

Elegant International Film Festival 2024, Award Winner
Best Shorts Competition Award 2024, Award Winner

Lena Mattsson (Sweden), Not Without Gloves

Award of Recognition: Experimental

Los Angeles Filmmakers Fest 2024, Award Winner, female director

FilmNest International Film Festival 2024, Award Winner

Hollywood Blvd Film Festival 2924, Award Winner

Cult Movies International Film Festival 2024, Award Winner

San Francisco Independent Filmmaker's Contest 2024, Award Winner

Luminary Independent Film Fiesta 2024, Finalist

Script Symphony Award 2024, Award Winner

Chalachitra International Film Awards 2024, Finalist

Vesuvius International Film Awards 2024, Award Winner

Blackboard International Film Festival 2024, Award Winner

International Gold Awards 2024, Award Winner

New York Movie Awards 2024, Award Winner

Hollywood Gold Awards 2024, Award Winner

London Movie Awards 2024, Award Winner

Milan Gold Awards 2024, Award Winner

Maverick International Film Festival 2024, Award Winner

4-th International video-art festival on outdoor videoscreens 

Festival places: Moscow, Volgograd, Voronezh, Kaliningrad, Perm,

Rostov-on-Don, Riazan', Samara, Sochi, Ufa, Yekaterinburg [Russia] among other exhibitions and film festivals.

Selected curatorial projects

2020 GENERATION - En spegling av 1990-talets konstscen                     Borås Museum of Modern Art, Sweden, curator with Ola Åstrand

2020 Kultur under Covid-19, Borås Museum of Modern Art, Sweden, curator with Ola Åstrand

2004 MALM 1, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden, curator with Magnus Wallin, Axel Lieber, Mads Gamdrup, Georg Oddner and Kirsten Ortwed

1998 Body Act, International Performance Weekend, Malmö Konsthall,

Ocean, Chokladfabriken, Malmö, Sweden, curator with Anna Bring

and Måns Holst-Ekström
1997 Tourist, Konsthallen, Bohusläns Museum, Uddevalla, Sweden
1998–1996 Galleri Rostrum, Malmö, Sweden
1996 Hårsalongen–Nordic Art Project, Malmö, Sweden, curator with Anna Bring

Selected bibliography

LONDON DIRECTOR AWARDS - Interview with Lena Mattsson 2024.

Les Nouveaux Riches Magazine - Lena Mattsson Interview by KAJSA RHODIN, 2023.

Lena Mattsson – The Window Opens to the World, KERBER VERLAG, 2020.

Jubileumsantologin “Filmform 1950-2020”, 2020.

GENERATION - En spegling av 1990-talets konstscen, Borås Museum of Modern Art, 2020.

The Artist’s Institute, Carolee’s Magazine, published by The Artist’s Institute and Koenig Books, 2016.
Archive of Visions and Actions, Contemporary Art from Sweden,             Imago Mundi, Luciano Benetton Collection, 2015.

Water Art, Nordic Watercolour Museum, 2015.
Lena Mattsson – In The Eye of the Beholder, Moderna Museet Malmö, 2014. 

Lena Mattsson – Beyond the Surface, Nordic Watercolour Museum, 2004.
Lena Mattsson – A Small Fairytale, Malmö Konsthall, 2001.
World Wide Video Festival, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 1999.
For Eyes and Ears, 2nd International Performance Festival Odense, Denmark, 1999.

Body Act – An International Performance Weekend, catalog 1–2, and a video documentation from 1999.
European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany, 1998.
The Edstrand Foundation Art Prize,                                                     Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, 1998. 

For Eyes and Ears, 1st International Performance Festival Odense, Denmark, 


New Art from Denmark and Scania, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 1997.

From 2006 - 2015 Lena Mattsson recieved a yearly working-grant from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee - Konstnärsnämnden in Sweden.


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