Dr Sharon Kivland (b. Germany, 1955) is an artist and writer based in Brittany and London. She is Reader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University and Research Associate at the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research in London.. She has exhibited internationally since 1979 and is represnted by DOMO BAAL in London and Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer in Berlin. .
Awards and recognition
Kivland has received numerous awards and grants for her work, including the Greater London Arts award (1987 and 1991), the Henry Moore Foundation exhibition award (1987), the Tower Hamlets Artists award (1987), The Elephant Trust publication award (1988), the British School at Rome award in Sculpture (1990), a Canadian Council research award (1991), the Harmstone Bequest from Sheffield City Council (1993), and more. She has also undertaken numerous prestigious residencies, including ones at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada (1989), Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Canada (1996), Cité des Arts Internationale, Paris (1997) and the Second International Artists Village, Sri Lanka (1998).
Academic work and research
As Reader in Fine Art and Principal Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, Kivland has developed the long-running lecture series and research project Transmission, alongside colleagues Lesley Sanderson (2001-2004) and Jaspar Joseph-Lester (2004 onwards). The lecture series is a collaboration between the Art and Design Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, and Site Gallery, Sheffield. The project has produced over ten years of lectures, symposia, related publications, a set of prints, and recently a series of annuals, beginning in 2010 with Transmission Annual: HOSPITALITY and continuing with 2012's Transmission Annual: PROVOCATION. In 2010, the Transmission: HOSPITALITY conference was held at Sheffield Hallam University, where keynote speakers included Clegg and Guttmann (Artists, Germany), Juliet Flower MacCannell (Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature and English, UC Irvine) Ahuvia Kahane (Professor of Greek, Royal Holloway, University of London), Esther Leslie (Professor in Political Aesthetics, Birkbeck, University of London) Dany Nobus (Professor, School of Social Sciences, Brunel, University West London), and Blake Stimson (Professor of Art History, University of California).
Kivland has exhibited widely in Europe and North America. Recent solo exhibitions include Sharon Kivland. Amateur and Collector, curated by Sotiris Kyriacou at Ideas Store Whitechapel, London (2012), I am sick of my thoughts, DomoBaal, London (2011), Mes plus belles, Le Sphinx. Paris, (2010), A Wind of Revolution Blows, the Storm is on the Horizon, Chelsea Space, London (2008), Mon abécédaire, Sleeper, Edinburgh (2008), and Natural Education, Bast'art, Bratislava (2008).
Kivland’s book series, Freud on Holiday, addresses her particular relation to the work of Sigmund Freud. Through photographs and essays, Kivland’s books re-imagine journeys made (and sometimes dreamt) by Freud to European sites of archaeological importance. She completed volume 3, The Forgetting of a Proper Name, in which holiday destinations prove rather problematic, in 2011 (Cube Art Editions and information as material). Two appendices have been added to this series: "Freud’s Weather" and "Freud’s Dining" (information as material 2011), which will be followed by "Freud’s Shopping" and "Freud’s Hotels", and the fourth volume in the holiday series, "A Cavernous Defile", in which she follows Freud (among others) to the Trentino and the Hotel du Lac.
An accompanying series of books explores Freud and architecture (L’esprit d’escalier, 2007), Freud and real estate (An agent of the estate, 2008), Freud and the Wolf-Man and deferred effect (Afterwards, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, 2009), Freud and the gift of flowers (with Forbes Morlock, 2009), and the reason Freud changed hotels in Paris in 1885 (forthcoming, 2013). She has ventured into a small series of pamphlets, printed in a small edition, titled Reisen. The first of these modest booklets contains short extracts from The Interpretation of Dreams, published in 1900, edited, to a certain extent, in an attempt to retain only references to trains. The second contains details of some of the train journeys of Freud’s holidays, gleaned from his correspondence home, with reference to contemporary editions of Cook’s Continental Time Tables, Tourist’s Handbook and Steamship Tables, supplemented by consultation of the European rail timetables of the present day.
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