I made my first performance 1995 with my mother Anna Ström in Rupert Goldsworthy Gallery in Berlin. Since then I staged many performances with myself as a singer, singing my soundtrack with a simple Casio player.
Recent years I have hired actors to perform often a very simple act or an emotion; standing in the way or looking embarrassed.
The Inept Five (no.3) 7:20 min 2016
Six Errands 2018 8:50 min
Ten Embarrassed Men 30 sec 2010
I am Thinking about Red Blue Green Yellow 4:11 min 2017
Six Lovely People 3 min 2015
Jönköping Chamber Choir sings texts by Annika Ström/ 8 Min 2015
Since 2000 I have made texts on canvas, paper, on walls, on bags, in metall on top of a roof, as 3D sculpture, as music, on posters, on pillows and on digital motorways signs.
Belgrade Opening 2008
Susan & Sabine by me Please help me bar Berlin 2004
Photo: Jacob Dahlgren
In the studio Brighton 2008. Photo Bernard G. Mills
Everything which comes across my mind ink on paper 153 cm x 122 cm
I published 3 Books with the French publisher onestar press.
Texts by Annika Ström (2004) Call for a Demonstration (2006) Annika Ström Live! (2008)
and the by Christophe Boutin designed Six Errands (2019) published by De Montfort University Leicester, UK.
I also did bookshelves for their special editions. They made a Please help me bag and they have works of me for sale, such as works on paper. Visit them
You can find my complete bibliography under section C.V
Book release at Moderna Museet, Stockholm 2004
Please Help Me
Best Films 1995-1999
I did my first video film 1995 and realised that the copyright for the music I liked to use was very expensive, so I decided to do my own soundtrack with a small Casio Syntersizer. The result was the following films; Summer96, Artistmusical, The Artist Live, Seven Songs, Manuscript songs and Ten New Love Songs from 1999.
Ten New Love Songs 22 min 1999
The Manuscript Song 4 min 1999 featuring Mary Goldman. Music by Annika Ström
Manuscript Song 3.35 min 1999
Windowpillow 13:30 Min 1995
Artist Musical 13 min 1997
Collector 5 min 1998
Best Films 2000-2010
I am in Love 2:50 min 2004
All my dreams have come true 2004 My mother and my uncle discusses the phrase.A phrase which doesn't exist in the Swedish language.
Been in Video 2 min 2002 featuring Annika Von Hausswolff, Eva Grubinger among others.
The Missed Concert 2005 My songs are very short and If I play 10 songs, the concert lasts for 10 minutes; many people miss my concerts. Featuring Jennifer Higgie, Fredrik Sandblom, Josephine Berry, Lotte Møller & Susan Philipz.
The Kindest Artist in The World 1 min 2005
Call for a Demonstration super8 to digital 5min 2006 If my son demonstrate for a museum now as a five year old, and it will take 20 years for it to happen, he has then been fighting for a museum for 20 years but is only 25 years old. Curated by Monica Ross at Meta gallery Hove including banners, posters, hats and a film.
Sunshine Head Super8 1 min 2010
Crystal Brain Super8 1 min 2010
The Dying Color Super8 1 min 2010
Watercolor which is dripping down on the paper below Super8 1 min 2012
Ingenting-Nothing Super8 1 min 2012
I can hardly recognise myself 11 min 2010 When I visited my mother in Sweden I used to I cut her hair and a do her makeup, to keep her dignified. My mother, Anna Ström suffered from Alzheimer disease and passed away 2015.
I am in Love 2004
I am in love 2:50 min 2004
The mother of Annika Ström, Anna Ström dances to Abbey Lincoln "I am in love" in her house in south of Sweden. Sing along voice by Annika Ström.
Been in Video 2 min 2003
All My Dreams Have Come True 1:30 minute 2004
Watercolour which is dripping down on the paper below/ 45 seconds 2012
Crystal Brain 2 min 2010
Call for a Demonstration 5 min 2007
I Can Hardly Recognise Myself 12 min 2010
The Kindest Artist in the World 1:20 min 2005
Best Films 2010-2019
The First Show 5:15 min 2017
This film was screened at Paul McDevitts independent space, Farbvision in Prenslaurberg, Berlin. This film is from my first show in Berlin, showing the forgotten, but found footage from 1995 of an opening of another independent gallery, Röller and Ravens, which was located in an apartment in Kreuzberg. The film depicts only the visitors drinking beer where the beer was found, in the kitchen. I didn’t film any of my artwork. At the opening at Farbvision April 2017 Ström once again filmed the visitors. Many of the visitors from 1995 came and were once again filmed. The film "To be shown in 22 years (2039) 27 min, 2017" is the film of the visitors of The First Show at Farbvision. The film To be shown in 22 years (2039) 27 min, 2017" will publicly be shown in Berlin April 2039.
I have written an autobiographical novel with chapters in different colours. In Swedish. This is the Book trailer (4: 50 min 2018) of the book I read the book. Footage from the 90´s featuring Yvve Strandberg, Anna Ström, Ragnar Ström in NY , Berlin, Oslo & Polen.
The First Show 5.15 min 2017
To be shown in 22 years (2039)/ 27 min 2017
BOOK TRAILER/ I read the Book 4:30 Min 2018
Best Work 1995-1999
1993 I moved to Berlin, to Sophienstraße 26 in Mitte, and I set up a grant in my apartment: One week Bed & Breakfast for a talented but frustrated artist (1995) Application forms were available for a Bed& Breakfast week long stay for frustrated, envious and/or uninspired artists. I documented the situation with a video documentary of different people speaking about their impression of the grant recipient. (the residency was in my private apartment). I had a suprisingly high number of applicants. The first applicant who was finally awarded the residency didn’t appear, so I faked a documenary about this poor guy´s stay which later, when I screened it, seemed to upset some people. Later a New York artist recieved the grant and her stay was documented.
Windowpillow a Berlin habit 13 min 1995 I created a special pillow for the windowsill for people to lean out. A habit I have observed East Berlin when I first moved there. Pillows and the videofilm “Window pillow” (13 min) were shown at Saga Basement, Copenhagen and Casey kaplan, NY 1997. This habit is very rear now in styled up Berlin, but can still be seen if you go very far east of Berlin.
The First song of Seven 1998. I am so happy that you all are here. Please stay. Videofilm 11 minute, a acrylic painting, a live performance and the lyrics written on the Art space 1% window in Copenhagen 1998.
The application form. I also put ads in magazine and newspapers.
Cherise from New York, holder of the grant.
Window pillow 1995
The First song of Seven 1998. I am so happy that you all are here. Please stay.
Acrylic paint 50 cm x 35 cm.
The second song/ Studiohymn. 1 hour studiohymns sang by me and recorded 1998. Painted cassette tapes and recorder.
Cay-Sophie Rabinowitz with The Second Song N.Y. 1998. Blouse made by Ström.
Best Work 2000-2009
I made two films for the soloshow at GerhardsenGerner gallery in Berlin.The kindest Artist in The world & The Missed Concert and a live music performance. I also show the several paintings and text work with photographs.
Copies.I always had problems with my own joy of painting and saw it as hobby rather than my art practice. I painted at my spare time, random things like a elephant, a hand. I couldn’t see the point of them. For the solo show at Lautom in Oslo, I copied all my paintings by painting them and through away the original paintings and showed the copies.
Grant II for a revolutionary over 35 years oldMary Goldman Gallery Los Angeles 2000. Excerpt from the book "Annika Ström Live!": I was about to have my first solo show in LA and thought , what art can you do when you live among palm trees, sex on the beach and sunny weather? I looked around and the art seemed really pretty, cocktail paintings. I thought, there must be an artist around here, who still think art can change the world and who is older than 35. In the press release, “Free bed & breakfast in Berlin for a revolutionary over 35 years old” there was an application to fill in. At the opening, within a red circle marked on the floor, the applicants could shout out their manifesto for the residency. The artist who had the strongest opinion and motivation to go and stay in Berlin, would win the grant. Acrylic paint on paper, bucket for pocket money, an application, t-shirts .
The artist as ten and the years thereafter photograph and acrylic paint
The Kindest Artist in the World 1:20 min 2005
The Film: The Kindest Artist in the World
The Letter to Anna about the The kindest artist in the world- Ink on paper and coffee stain.
The Artist as Old Artist drawing on paper.
I feel like painting a magpie Acrylic on paper 100x75 cm
Grant for a Revolutionary
Best Work 2010-2019
Images from Möbler får festvåningen (furnitures for the function room)at galleri Charlotte Lund, Stockholm 2010. Wood, acrylic black paint, embroderies, light-bulbs.
Look the other way text sculptures and performance at Winchester Great Hall artSOUTH curated by Judy Adam.
Songs by Annika Ström Soloshow at CAAC Seville curated by Juan Antonio Alvarez Reyes.
Dagens dikt/ sjörapporten/ anslagstavlan” wood, acrylic paint, bulp, embroideries 140 x 160 x 41 cm
“Kvinnoförbundets årsmöte 1976, Helsingborg” wood, acrylic paint embroideries 161 x 64 75 cm
“Solen går upp, solen går ner Lund, Stockholm, Kiruna” wood, acrylic, bulb, embroidery 60 x 31 x 24 cm
“Vestibul, ABF” 2010 wood, acrylic paints, bulb, embroideries 132 x 82 x 51 cm
Look the other way
Songs by Annika Ström Soloshow at CAAC Seville curated by Juan Antonio Alvarez Reyes
Texts in Swedish
Dessa verk är i akryl på papper eller på duk. De flesta är på papper 100 cm x 70 cm. Kontakta mig om du vill veta mera om ett verk.
Completed August 2014. Duration forever.
Commission by The Public art Agency of Sweden curated by Peter Hagdahl, for an extension and the unification of the humanities departments at Lund University, LUX. The building contains 9 text pieces scattered in and around the building.
Big, small, painted, cut out in steel and stone. The text pieces are all in Swedish. The biggest on the top of the roof dimension 10 meters x 1.20 meters says men vänta nu (but wait now, meaning: hold on a minute) others are; inte idag (not today) allt går så fort ( everything is happens so fast) bara nu (only now) det går snart över (it will soon be alright) i allafall inte här (at least not here) allt kommer nog att bli bra (everything might be alright) jag hinner inte med (I can't reach it, I can't make it in time)
Also posters were made to announce the project and the new building, with texts as men vänta nu, jag hinner inte med, inte idag.
Changing Room 13:00 min 2015 A film with Cecilia Frode (SE) and Camilla Corbett (UK) curated by Jack Tan, commissioned by Fatos Üstek at Fig-2 for Bicester Village, in association with Outset.
Camera Annika Summerson Sound design Toby Griffin Music by Mark E Brydon Clapper & Assistant Jack Tan Sound recording Matt Daniel Written, edited and directed by Annika Ström Filmed in Bicester Village 26th-27th of May 2015
Svenskan /The Swede 13:22 min 2014 is the first part in the trilogy about a England based Swedish woman, visiting her home country and raving about England and their habits while she is hitchhiking with a woman through the countryside of Roslagen, Sweden.
The Debt ridden: GUNNEL LINDBLOM (the silence, the virgin spring) The Swede: CARINA WESTLING
Camera Annika Summerson Editor Annika Ström/ Prano Bailey Bond Colorist Darryn Mostyn Sound design Toby Griffin Music Akamu Concept & Directed by Annika Ström
It is Ströms first directed short film. The film was made with generous support from Konstnärsnämnden, The Swedish Art Grant committee, Sweden
TRAILER: The Changing Room (Trailer 2:15 Minutes 2015)
The Swede 13 min 2012 featuring Gunnel Lindblom, Carina Westling