Ingela Ihrman (b. 1985) is based in Malmö. Her practice moves freely between performance art, installations, and writing. Costumes and staged situations are reoccurring elements in her presentations, bringing creatures into life while i.e. giving birth or blooming. Her work is characterized by tactile craft techniques, hobbyism and poetic absurdism and borrows from amateur theatre as well as from science. Limiting norms, notions like loneliness and belonging, and relations between different life forms are discussed within her work.
Recent exhibitions include Future Flourish at Tensta Konsthall (2016) and Tropikerna i Gnesta, Art Lab Gnesta (2013). She participated in the 11th Gwangju Biennale, The Eighth Climate (What does art do?) (2016); Survival K(n)it 7, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga (2015) and Becoming by Recalling, Passagen Konsthall (2015). In 2016 she did a field based residency at the Andaman Islands, India, within Art Lab Gensta’s investigation Swamp Storytelling. Since 2009 she forms the group Hägerstens Botaniska Trädgård with Sofia Hultin and Johan Eriksson, creating low-key performances about the strong emotions of everyday life.
“The Inner Ocean” is made possible by the generous support of Nature Addicts Fund – France within the frame of an ongoing collaboration with the Art Institute. This commissions program started one year ago with French artist Mathilde Rosier and marks the common interest of both institutions for the way art and artists shape our vision of nature.