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Victoria Verseau
verseauvictoria@gmail.com


Victoria Verseau (b. 1988) is an artist and filmmaker working in various media ranging from moving images to sculpture, large-scale installation, and performance. Her artistic practice examines the body and memory formation, shaping identity through the affection of social structures. She is searching to tell untold stories, remaining in the periphery towards oblivion. Approaching destructive forgetfulness, she attempts to capture, preserve and reconstruct the fleeting memories of crucial times that shape subjectivities.

In 2023 Verseau won the postproduction award at Cannes Docs, Cannes Film Festival for her debut feature ‘Meril’. She has recently presented solo exhibitions at Fotogalleriet, Oslo ‘Hope is a dangerous thing for women like us’ (2023), Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, ‘Approaching a Ghost’, and Uppsala Konstmuseum, ‘Engender my past’ (2021) . Victoria Verseau lives and works in Stockholm, where she graduated with an MFA from the Royal Institute of Art in 2020. In 2017, she was the first transwomen recipient of the ANNA Prize, established by Women in Film and Television (WIFT) Sweden and UN Women Sweden to expand the knowledge of CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all Forms Discrimination against Women). Presently she is working on her debut feature film ‘Meril’.


EDUCATION

2017 - 2020 MFA | The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm
2014 - 2016 BA Fine Art | The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm
2013  Exchange | Interarchitecture | Rietveldt Academie, Amsterdam
2010 - 2013 BA Design | (HDK) School of Design and Crafts, Gothenburg
2016 - 2017 Directing for Film | Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Art / Filmbasen
2009 - 2010 Spatial Design | KV Art School, Gothenburg 



SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2022 | HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING FOR WOMEN LIKE US, Fotogalleriet Oslo Norway
2022.11.18 - 2023.01.08
fotogalleriet.no/exhibition/victoria-verseau

2021 | APPROACHING A GHOST | Bonniers Konsthall Sweden |  2021.12.08 - 2022.01.16
https://bonnierskonsthall.se/utstallning/artists-film-international-2021/

2021 | ENGENDER MY PAST | Uppsala Art Museum Sweden | 2021.10.07 - 2021.11.21 https://konstmuseum.uppsala.se/utstallningar/tidigare-utstallningar/utstallningar-2021/victoria-verseau/

2019 | A BODY OF GHOSTS | Galleri Mejan Stockholm Sweden

2017 | THROUGH THE LOOKINGGLASS | Hangmen Projects Stockholm Sweden
Curated by Alba Baeza
albabaeza.com/blog/portfolio/through-the-looking-glass
albabaeza.com/through-catalogue.pdf

2015 | BOUNDARIES PT.2 | Galleri Mejan Stockholm Sweden

2015 | BOUNDARIES PT.1 | Mellanrummet
The Royal Institute of Art Stockholm Sweden



SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

24.11.23 - 13.01.24  ‘A Ghost’s Gaze’ exhibited in the groupshow ‘Four Films’ at gallery Billytown Haag Netherlands.
Exhibiting artists Verena Blok (NL/PL), Eugene Sundelius von Rosen (SE) Lisa Tan (US/SE) and Victoria Verseau (SE).

03.10.23 - 19.11.23 The Impersonal Verb And The Hidden Subject’, La Capella, Barcelona / Index Foundation Stockholm
with amongst others Roxy Farhat, Johanna Gustafsson Fürst, Runo Lagomarsino and Iris Smeds.
indexfoundation.se/exhibitions/the-impersonal-verb-and-the-hidden-subject-at-la-capella-barcelona

2022 | LUX & MATRIX, Group Exhibition with amongst others Louise Bourgeois and Niki de Saint Phalle curated by Rosa Martinez,
ACVIC Centre d’Arts Contemporànies, Vic (Barcelona) Catalonia, 0.09 - 30.12.2022
https://www.acvic.org/en/exhibition-projects/3904-lux-matrix-3

The video work ‘Approaching a Ghost’ was selected to be the Swedish contribution in Artists' Film International 2021.
Whitechapel Gallery, London UK | Ballroom Marfa, Texas USA | Belgrade Culture Centre, Serbia | Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm | Center for Contemporary Art, Afghanistan (CCAA) | Contemporary Art Center (CAC), Vilnius | Crawford Art Gallery, Cork Ireland | Friends of IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town South Africa | Foundation Proa, Buenos Aires Argentina | GAMeC, Bergamo Italy | Hammer Museum, Los Angeles USA | Istanbul Modern, Turkey | KWM artcenter, Beijing China | MMAG Foundation, Amman Jordan | Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, Polan | NBK, Berlin Germany | Para Site, Hong Kong | Project 88, Mumbai India | Tromsö Kunstforening,  Norway

2022 | CORONASAMLINGEN - PUBLIC ART AGENCY SWEDEN | Skissernas Museum, Lund / Havremagasinet  Boden  Sweden https://skissernasmuseum.se/utstallningar/coronasamlingen/

2022 | NK STAGE, The work ‘5,6,7,8,9 inches and Specter’ NK / NORDISKA KOMPANIET, Stockholm

2021 | FUTURE WATCH -10 ARTISTS OF OUR TIME | Kulturhuset Stadsteatern Stockholm House of Culture & City TheatreStockholm Sweden https://kulturhusetstadsteatern.se/utstallningar/future-watch-tio-konstnarer-i-tiden

2021 | WHAT IS LOVE | Sörmlands Museum Sweden
https://www.sormlandsmuseum.se/utstallningar/what-is-love2/

2021 | ALL FLESH IS HAY | Gislaved Konsthall Sweden
https://gislavedskonsthall.se/utstallningar-och-program/allt-kott-ar-ho

2021 | THE EASTER EXHIBITION | Galleri Arnstedt Östra Karup Sweden
https://www.galleriarnstedt.se/victoria-verseau
https://www.galleriarnstedt.se/1april

2020 | THE GRADUATION SHOW ROYAL INSTITUTE OF ART | Royal Academie of Art Stockholm Sweden

2018 | 109 IMAGES OF ME | Galleri Fafa Helsinki Finland

2018 | DISLOCATED IMAGE | Rundgång
The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm Sweden

2017 | BOUNDATRIES PT.3 | Exhibition Laboratory Helsinki Finland

2016 | A CONSTRUCTION OF LONELINESS  | Kungl. Kandidatutställningen 
Mindepartentet Art and PhotographyStockholm Sweden

2016 | ROOFTOP THE INFLATABLE MATTRESS | On the floor while in the ceiling
Curated by Rado Ištok and Ili Kiefer, Galleri Mejan Stockholm Sweden

2015 | GAME | In The Computer
Österängens KonsthallJönköping Sweden

2015 | 1ST YEARS AT MEJAN | The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm Sweden

2014 | NORDISK SALONG | Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg Sweden



FILMS

APPROACHING A GHOST | 20 min |

MERIL | 72 + | hybrid | post production
Produced by Malin Hüber | HER-film

BOUNDARIES | 72 + | hybrid | in development
Produced by Mónica Hernández Rejón | Pråmfilm

2016 | EXERCISE ONE | 14 min | fiction
Produced by Doppelganger Production
vimeo.com/230266268

2015 | THE SESSION | 14 min | fiction

2014 | TO BE UNCLEAR | 20 min | fiction



PREMIERES / SCREENINGS 

‘Meril’ presented as a work in progress at Cannes Film Festival 2023.

24.11.23 - 13.01.24 Screening of ‘A Ghost’s Gaze’ in the groupshow ‘Four Films’ at gallery Billytown Haag Netherlands.
Exhibiting artists Verena Blok (NL/PL), Eugene Sundelius von Rosen (SE) and Lisa Tan (US/SE) Victoria Verseau (SE).

23.11.07 Film screening of ‘A Ghost’s Gaze’ at The Feminist Library London followed by Q&A.

23.09.02 Film screening of ‘A Ghost’s Gaze’ at Litterature House Gothenburg, curated by Lisa Rosendahl - Associate Professor of Exhibition Studies at KHIO/The Art Academy, arranged by Göteborg Konst.

The video work ‘Approaching a Ghost’ was selected to be the Swedish contribution in Artists' Film International 2021.
Whitechapel Gallery, London UK | Ballroom Marfa, Texas USA | Belgrade Culture Centre, Serbia | Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm | Center for Contemporary Art, Afghanistan (CCAA) | Contemporary Art Center (CAC), Vilnius | Crawford Art Gallery, Cork Ireland | Friends of IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town South Africa | Foundation Proa, Buenos Aires Argentina | GAMeC, Bergamo Italy | Hammer Museum, Los Angeles USA | Istanbul Modern, Turkey | KWM artcenter, Beijing China | MMAG Foundation, Amman Jordan | Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, Polan | NBK, Berlin Germany | Para Site, Hong Kong | Project 88, Mumbai India | Tromsö Kunstforening,  Norway


‘Exercise One’ -shortfilm fiction 14 min

2017 | Outfest LA, Los Angeles US (World Premiere)
2019 | Arktisen Upeeta Nordic Filmfestival, Finland
2018 | Södertälje Konsthall Queer Move, Sweden
2018 | Czech National Television, Czech Republic
2017 | Kortfilmsdagen Folkets Bio,
Stockholm, Malmö, Gothenburg, Umeå, Kiruna
2017 | Encounters Film and Animation Festival, Bristol UK
2017 | Mezipatra Queer Film Festival, Prague, Czech Republic
2017 | Lovers Filmfestival, Torino Italy
2017 | Gothenburg International Film Festival, Sweden
2017 | Stockmotion Film Festival, Stockholm Sweden
2017 | Svensk Kortfilm c/o Folkets Bio,
Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö, Sweden

THE SESSION -shortfilm fiction 14 min
2015 | Stockmotion Film Festival, Stockholm, Sweden

TO BE UNCLEAR - shortfilm fiction 16 min
2014 | Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival Market, France



GRANTS & AWARDS

2023The Post Production Award at Cannes Docs 2023 / Cannes Film Festival
2023 | The Swedish Film Institute production funding for Meril
2022 | IASPIS - The International Program for Art The Swedish Arts Grants Committee
2020 | The Swedish Film Institute development funding for Boundaries 
2022 | Co-production support from Eur Images
2022 | 1 year working grant from The Swedish Arts Grants Committee 
2022 | Project support from The Swedish Arts Grants Committee for the project Boundaries 
2022 Helge Ax:son Johnsons Foundation
2021 | The Brucebo Art Recidensy Scholarship
2020 | Uppsala Muncipality Scholarship for a Newly Examined Artis
2020 | Hötorgets stipendie ur Bertil Schultzes minnesfond
2020 | Stig Hedbergs Scholarship for a Sculptor Art Student
2020 | Uppsala Muncipality Scholarship for A Newly Examined Artist
2020 | Längmanska Culturefund
2020 | The Swedish Film Institute second round of development funding for Meril
2020 | Filmbasen Development funding for Meril
2019 | Längmanska Culturefund
2019 | AA-Stiftelsen
2019 | Helge Ax:son Johnsons Foundation
2018 | Kungliga Konstakademien S Rydbergs Stipendium  
2018
| The Swedish Film Institute, development funding for Meril 
2018 | Helge Ax:son Johnsons Foundation
2017
| THE ANNA PRIZE WIFT Women in Television and Film and UN Women Sweden  
2017 | STHLM-debut Round 6 
2016 | Student Scholarship Royal Instiute of Art for the project Boundaries 
2016 | Sandrew Stiftelses Education Scholarship 
2016 | Student Scholarship Royal Instiute of Art for the project Meril
2016 | AAA-Stiftelsens Education Scholarship 
2016 | The Swedish Film Institute Short Film Production Support for Excerise One 
2016 | Film i Väst Production Short Film Supportfor Excerise One
2016 | Film Basen Short Film Support for Excerise One


RESIDENCIES

2023 | IASPIS - The International Program for ArtThe Swedish Arts Grants Committee
2021 | Pendès Marìtim Residency Barcelona Spain
2021 | Brucebo Artist Residency Gotland Sweden
2020 | Skaftfell Seydisfjordur Iceland
2018 | PAF - Performing Arts Forum France
2017PAF - Performing Arts Forum France