One thing one should be aware of coming to Leonora- it is still heavily mined around there. This means strolling out in the landscape, cycling etc. is not so easy as there are many many restricted sites. So unless driving, its very easy to feel ‘stuck’ in Leonora.
— Linda Persson
 

linda persson | leonora

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.