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1000 WORDS: MIRIAM BÄCKSTRÖM AND KIRA CARPELAN

View of “Miriam Bäckström: Kira Carpelan,” 2007, Färgfabriken, Stockholm. Background: Kira Carpelan, Untitled, 2006.

ARTISTIC COLLABORATIONS tend to be celebrated as win-win situations: Working together, artists expand their strategic arsenals and even, in a sense, their identities. But a more complex dynamic unfolded last year, when Miriam Bäckström decided to collaborate with a younger artist, Kira Carpelan, then in her penultimate year at Stockholm’s Konstfack Art Academy. Bäckström, known since the early 1990s for her photographs of eerily evacuated interiors, has in the past few years increasingly turned to the moving image, working with actor-collaborators to script and shoot videos that expose the often-confounding symbioses of fact and fiction, selfhood and assumed persona. Pushing these interests toward an extreme, Bäckström invited Carpelan to take over Bäckström’s solo show at the Stockholm contemporary art space Färgfabriken. (Bearing in mind the fact that Carpelan had helped edit

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