Bio

Born in 1991 in Uppsala, Sweden. Mattias Hellberg has studied bachelor in fine arts at Kunstakademiet in Oslo where is currently studying his MFA. His works could often be described as humorous as well as being political and confrontative. His interests spans from political themes, to satire and social-sadistic excursions thru his performances. Nudity and cocks are recurring themes which puts a masculinity in crisis and the radical history of nudism into a political, social and artistic perspective. Works such as the Nudist-Leninist reading group and culture association or Runkgrottan is sometimes hard to separate from being conceptual institutions which functions as social and cultural hubs or seen as separate artworks in themselves. A similar fluctuation could also be seen in his performances, where the boundaries between acting and being himself sometimes is in total flux. For instance the performance Do-Re-Mi could be seen as a sadistic form of healing by transcending social norms and values such as good and evil they have a rather liberating function by doing things which only could be expressed in the form of art. By playing the traumatized victim while being authoritarian towards the volunteering participants he experiments with his own personal history and persona, creating an uncertainty if hes acting as an asshole or that he actually is an asshole. In his performances during Team Day with Simon Skuteli, he experimented with group pressure and bullying as an artistic form by passing around a blow up cock and letting the participants point and laugh at the person holding it. Rather than filling an utopian function his artistic practice be thought of as a septic tank for ideas and actions, in art things can happen, that perhaps won’t or even shouldn’t happen anywhere else.