Bertil Nilsson

Nilsson spent a lot of time in the forest growing up in Sweden but his adult life living in the city, moving to London in 2004. Naturally was born from his inspiration to explore nature again, both the landscape and our role within it.

Working with the naked figure in nature is straight forward, there is an obvious connection with our natural history. Nilsson is interested in what happens when he introduces cultural elements – color, shape and dance gestures – to question that relationship.

He collaborates with professional dancers to find new movements and gestures, from the organic to the decidedly artificial. The choice of other elements build on that contrast, both integrating into the scene and serving as a focal point. The placement and choice of color add a symbolic layer, creating possibly unexpected interpretations.

Naturally also represents a personal journey for Nilsson. His interventions take on a theme of tension between order and chaos. There is a tendency in Nilsson’s work to align, structure and ultimately control – in a visual sense – the world around him. The dancers with their free expression confronts him with an opportunity to let go of control and let the chaos unfold.

Bertil Nilsson
Born in Lund, Sweden in 1981
Living and working in London, UK

Solo Shows
Naturally, Amsterdam, by Galerie Wilms NL

Luminescence, Roundhouse, London UK
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Arizona USA

Naturally, Galerie Wilms
Intersections, La TOHU – Montreal
Undisclosed, Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain – Paris (curator: Pascal Jacob)

Group Shows / Art Fairs
Cielo, perro-lobo, GuatePhoto Festival, National Museum of Archeology — Guatemala The Male Figure, Maison de Maitre —by Galerie Wilms, Brussels
ArtTheHague ArtFair, Amsterdam, by Galerie Wilms, Venlo NL
KunstRai ArtFair, Amsterdam, by Galerie Wilms, Venlo NL

Sounds of Silence, CODA museum, Apeldoorn NL
ArtTheHague ArtFair, Amsterdam, by Galerie Wilms, Venlo NL
KunstRai ArtFair, Amsterdam, by Galerie Wilms, Venlo NL
Realisme ArtFair, Amsterdam, by Galerie Wilms, Venlo NL

Unseen Photo Fair, Westergasfabriek Amsterdam
Summer Salon, L A Noble Gallery – London (curator: Laura Noble)
Photo Art Fair, Victoria House – London (curator: Susie Babchick)

FotoGrafia di Roma XI: Work, Museo d’arte contemporanea Roma (curator: Douglas Stockdale)

A – Book Show, Workspace Brighton (curators: William Sadewski and Kevin Beck)

Naturally: Canalside books & Galerie Wilms 2015
Undisclosed: Images of the Contemporary Circus Artist with an essay by Laura Noble (Canalside Books) 2011

Undisclosed picked by Kevin Messina for photo-eye Magazine’s The Best Books of 2011.

Selected Press
Circus Postcards: Undisclosed, Deborah May, The Space – Arts Council England/BBC Aug 2012
Undisclosed: le cirque dans son plus simple appareil, Jean Siag, La Presse Oct 2011
Acrobatic photography, Mark Sinclair, Creative Review Sept 2011
Naturally, Heidi Romano, Unless you will Aug 2013
Naturally, Katherine Oktober Matthews, GUP Magazine July 2013
Interview with photographer Bertil Nilsson, Katherine Oktober Matthews, GUP Magazine Dec 2011
Bertil Nilsson – Undisclosed, Douglas Stockdale, The PhotoBook Nov 2011
Undisclosed, Katherine Oktober Matthews, GUP Magazine Nov 2011

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