artist/writer-researcher/curator

Artist’s Statement

‘for the website’, April 2020



(b. 1983 in Edinburgh, Scotland) I am an artist, writer-researcher based in Uppsala/Stockholm. The foundations of my research are presently text-based, however, design, audio, photography and film typically merge as key elements in my practice. In addition, I work curatorially and in arts production.


Through my work, I aim to critically analyse and significantly add to my ongoing project’s ever growing collection of writings, imagery, sounds, performances and research materials. My  work is an evolving theory-fiction text work and character construction that addresses a subject’s socio-cognition and philosophical speculations on materiality. The actual and symbolic notion of the liminal space beyond, peripheral, close but always ‘absent’, is vital to the conception of the works’ character. The spatiotemporal moment and place, where two ‘objects’ and axioms meet but never do — encased but separated — is the focus of the project currently.

[note. A Practical Summary of the project follows this statement]

Beginning in 2013 and following on from my MA project, is the concurrent foundation of this defined character-narrative formulation: a development and critical investigation into subjectivity. This examination includes the analysis of cited cognitive processes and their psychological manifestations. At its core is a collection of texts, applied audio-visual materials, rule-governed practices, designs, and performative-presentations.


The project connects to a social study of someone on the periphery of, and often rejected from mainstream society. The work therefore aims to appeal to a varied audience and the project’s events are made public so as to better engage with wider society. Bringing together individuals from different creative and educational fields, is important to this practice. It enhances the evolution of these performative acts and staged actions, designed to examine psychological states. Held at venues where the events are accessible to a variety of the public, my objective is to include discussions about the work. Relevant materials are presented there, which are intended to invite discussions and produce problems to ‘unpack’.


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Prior to moving to Sweden, I gained a BA honours degree in Film, Photography & Digital Imaging (2009) and an MA in Photographic Studies from the University of Westminster, London (2011). Since arriving in Sweden, I have also completed courses in Research Writing (Linnaeus University, 2017) and Philosophy A (Stockholm University, 2018). I graduated from Konstfack’s CuratorLab course in June 2016. My project’s event culminated at Fylkingen in Stockholm. I was the curator, artist-performer, designer, writer & publisher on the project. It was a collaborative work entitled Abstract Child: Only Ever Close.


Presently I continue to work on my ongoing research project and have self-published various materials as part of this process, in recent years. Equally, I have been exhibiting, collaborating, performing and curating regularly since my undergraduate degree. I have just had the photo-installation, text work, …, STAR, …. in a show at Sigtunastiftelsen (February 2020). My most recent project manifestation will take place in April and is a work being created for Fylkingen. This audio, visual, performance is a collaboration with composer and artists Thommy Wahlström, Pål Stenqvist and other artists/musicians. We are currently developing this part of the project as a partly collaborative act. At my studio in Uppsala, I am also a member of an artist-run federation called Hospitalet. We collaborate and stage exhibitions; working on a number of shows over the last year. Such as, Sinnebilder (September 2018), Beyond Utmarker held at Åhuset (May 2019) and the show Moment (August/September 2019) and exchange — staged on Visby and then returning to Uppsala.


Professionally I have worked with organisations such as Limbo, Turner Contemporary (Margate), Ambika P3 Gallery (London), Herbert Reed Gallery (Canterbury) – KTH, Färgfabriken & Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm. While at Konstfack, I was part of the programming team and wrote a published essay for Iaspis Open House Spring 2016. During this time, I planned and organised a talk by the influential theorist Benjamin Noys at Tensta Konsthall and additionally, the Higher Seminar that he gave at Konstfack.


After three years working in education and arts production, I am now preparing to begin a PhD at Newcastle University this autumn. I have specifically been working towards this since 2017.


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Practical Summary of my Project

This character-narrative study creates theory-fiction texts through philosophical analysis and performative-presentations. My research addresses the character’s socio-cognition and speculations on materiality and will examine contingency alongside rule-structured practices. The project is a social study of someone on the peripheries of society and cultural life. The works’ presentation and methodology aims therefore, to appeal to a broad ‘audience’ and the sort of social groupings that I grew up around.



Tam Hare, April 2020



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