I have hours of footage and interviews with Donna from my 2 days with her. The extent of her artistic practice is inspired by Gwalia and mining woodwork patterns… she is the core inspiration from my encounter with Gwalia. I feel like I have traced her footsteps, only 40 years apart.
— Linda Persson

linda persson | leonora

Linda Persson’s project and installation Kavili, there is a hot wind blowing, refers to climate change, privilege, old knowledge, language, technology, love and living. Persson’s work uses several mediums including video, sound, photography and textiles, and includes a collaborative component with local artist Donna Reid.

Related to her direct experience in the Goldfields of Western Australia, the works attempt to weave together different senses of time, and poetically merge the complexity of landscape, Indigenous knowledge, immigration and current affairs. 

About the artist

Linda Persson is a Swedish artist and filmmaker who lives and works between Sweden and the United Kingdom. Her work focuses and questions that which is historically repressed, about to disappear, or already extinct; such as certain languages or technologies. She explores the complexities of our surroundings through a number of different materials and methods; for example sculpture, textile, 16mm film, HD technology and sound. Through fragments of information, true or false, past or present, she allows the audience to participate in her selections, to create their own meanings.

Persson has recently completed residencies in Iceland (Skaftfell Visual Arts), Australia (IMA gallery/Sunsiz Media), France (Treignac Projet), and has exhibited at SPACE, Vulpes Vulpes, Pavilion Auditorium, London; Galerie Nordenhake, Haninge Konsthall, Sweden, Sámi Dáiddaguovddáš, Norway, Canapé Canopy, New Zealand. Linda has run self initiated projects/residencies and curated exhibitions including, X-RAY, 2008-11; 5Months, 2013-14; and Houseproject27, 2015.

Between 2008 and 2014, Linda worked extensively with Sami culture and landscape in collaboration with Ricklundgården, Vilhelmina, Sámi Dáiddaguovddáš, Karasjok, and with the support of Konstnärsnämnden, Längmanska Kulturfonden and KKnord. During 2011-12 Linda was awarded an artistic research fellowship, the Mejan Residency at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. She holds an MFA in sculpture and sound from Southampton University, UK. In 2015 she received development support from AIDF UK/IMA gallery for her recent research/film work in Australia. Future exhibitions include, O/O/O Kunsthal44, Denmark; Rogaland Kunstsenter/ Velferden, Norway; and 'amongst us', by invitation of Laure Provoust, Lucerne, Switzerland.

ABOUT THE host partner

The Shire of Leonora is a local government area in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, about 240 kilometres north of the city of Kalgoorlie.

Leonora is a remote West Australian town with a long history of gold mining which continues today, with gold and nickel being produced in large quantities, alongside a significant pastoral industry.

The township currently supports a population of 1500 people.