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, Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, 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 solo exhibitions at

Moderna Museet Malmö, Sweden

Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden

Malmö Art Museum, Sweden

Nordiska akvarellmuseet, Skärhamn, Sweden

Konsthallen, Bohusläns Museum, Uddevalla, Sweden

Nässjö Konsthall, Sweden

Molekyl Gallery, Malmö, Sweden


And in film screenings, and group exhibitions at

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

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.


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


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