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Pia Mauno

Eye on Tongue (2020)
By Pia Mauno
100 x 70 cm, 115 gsm, edition of 250 prints.
Price: 150 SEKAugust 25 and through September 2021 * Or until we run out of posters

 NSFW/SVILOVA launches our fall public exhibition program with Gothenburg-based visual artist Pia Mauno. 

In her pictorial practice, she combines everyday objects, anatomic shapes, artistic materials and textile handicrafts into paintings and collage hybrids. Her work explores psychological and social issues, profoundly inspired by art historical movements, such as surrealism, and different textile traditions. Through that lens, she moves with ease between painting and sculptures/objects. 

The exhibition is a public art project in poster format displayed on 31 public billboards around Gothenburg, and will run August to September, 2021 or until we run out of posters! Do you want to buy a poster? Email us at info@svilova.org.


Pia Mauno (b. 1969 in Västerås) lives and works in Gothenburg. She is graduated from Valand Academy of Fine Arts (1996-2001) and is the founder of the platform Tailor as Rebel where a group of artists, writers, and curators joined by their interest in textile, discuss and theorize about the heritage and importance of this creative and cultural field.

Selected exhibitions include CFHILL Annual, Stockholm with Norberg/Sunden, Isak Hall, and Ester Eriksson; Väva.Fläat.Fästa, Textile pioneers and contemporary expressions at Västerås Art museum; Through The Things We See, Gothenburg Konsthall; Greetings from another realities, Hammarkullen konsthall, Gothenburg; Nordic delight, Institut Suédoise, Paris and Housing Work with Laure Prouvost, Hit Gallery, Gothenburg.

Mauno is currently working on a 25-meter ceramic painting on a brick wall in Stockholm as part of a public art project and will curate the exhibition Skruvstädet i tiden och andra berättelser  at Mölnlycke Kulturhus in October–November2021.


Hur vi på olika sätt dras till varann
Ilja Karilampi
July 24–August 29, 2021

  • Opening: Saturday July 24, 13-17, with DJ YoMama!
    Adress: Nordstan, Götgatan 10, Gothenburg

Nordstan opening hours: Mon-Fri 10-20, Sat-Sun 10-18.

NSFW/SVILOVA is proud to present an installation at the mall Nordstan in Gothenburg by artist Ilja Karilampi. The title Hur vi på olika sätt dras till varann, means “how we in different ways are drawn to each other” in Swedish. It is a spatial installation where semi-transparent vinyl in the colors purple, green, and yellow cover the glass on an empty storefront in northern Nordstan.

Visually it reflects the energy that is put into circulation when we navigate towards each other during different phases of our lives; online, a sudden rendezvous on public transportation, or at a club. Communication through NFTs, images, texts, reaction likes, etc – even WHAT we follow says something about us to a potential partner.

Hur vi på olika sätt dras till varann is not an interdisciplinary museum display, or a pop-up kosher donut shop, or even a festival stage, but rather it can be seen as a large swimming pool filled with light and letters.

Ilja Karilampi (b. 1983 in Gothenburg) is an artist and a curator based in Stockholm, educated at Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main and at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm.

Karilampi works with an ongoing aesthetic development related to musical energy and visual narrative, often full of references and large-scale sculptural gestures.

Selected exhibitions: Frusen Glädjé, StudyforArtPlatform, Tre Kronor, Stockholm, 2021; Non-space, Revolver Galería, Lima, 2020; Manifesta 12, Palermo, 2018; ARS17, Kiasma, Helsinki, 2017; The Chief Architect of Gangsta Rap, MoMA PS1, New York, 2012, and based in Berlin, Kunst-Werke, Berlin, 2011.

In July 2021, an edition of NFTs, Mutagen will be released on the network Ethereum, produced by the gallery Temnikova & Kasela in Tallinn, Estonia.

In December 2021, Ilja Karilampi will be in Lagos, Nigeria, for a collaboration with the art space hFACTOR.

In addition, Karilampi is working on a public artwork for the Nya Masthuggskajen in Gothenburg, which will be completed in 2023.


Erik Gustafsson Rhythm
Vasa Kyrkogata 5
July 2–30, 2021
Vernissage: July 2, 16-20. * Welcoming drinks provided by O|O Brewing.
Open Wednesday to Friday, 11–16 and by appointment.

NSFW/SVILOVA is proud to present Erik Gustafsson’s exhibition Rhythm. The show consists of five new works that oscillate between the abstract and the figurative. He works with analog photography and looks at questions relating to the essence of photography beyond documentary narratives.

Gustafsson revisits the intrinsic elements of the medium, such as depth, meaning-making, representation, reproduction, and the possibilities of experiencing time and space on a flat surface. The common denominator for all the works in the show is how they relate to the title Rhythm: whether connecting to artists like Marina Abramović or relying on sound when working in the dark.

The latter is something that artist Martin Kozlowski goes into deeper in his text to the exhibition, where he captures the painterly aspect and movement of Erik Gustafsson’s work. Kozlowski’s text is available at the end of the post.

Erik Gustafsson (b.1987) is based in Gothenburg. Since getting his BFA from Valand Academy, he was nominated for the C/O Berlin Talent Award: “New Documentary Strategies” and has participated in numerous exhibitions and international festivals such as Röda Sten Konsthall, Gothenburg (2018), Fotografiska, Stockholm (2018), Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum (2018) Galleri Thomassen, Gothenburg (2019), Nordic Light Festival, Kristiansund (2019) and 3:e Våningen, Gothenburg (2019).

Martin Kozlowski (b.1984) lives and works in Stockholm and has his BFA from Goldsmiths and his MFA från Städelschule (under prof. Amy Sillman/Monika Baer). He is a visual artist who predominantly works with painting and has previously exhibited at Galerie Wilma Tolksdorf, Anna Bohman Gallery, and Kunst & Denker Contemporary among others.

Erik Gustafsson “Rhythm” at NSFW/SVILOVA, 2021.

Previous Lecture

NSFW/SVILOVA at Luftslottet
The enemies of god vs the emblems of paradise
Lecture about Mexican Luchas Libres
July 31, 2021
Kl 18–21
Ågårdskvarn, Sweden.

Myths narrate a sacred history. They relate events that took place in a primordial time, the fabled time of the beginnings. – Eliade, The Sacred and the Profane.

NSFW/SVILOVA gave a lecture about the symbolic, economic and social significance of the Mexican wrestling scene. The presentation included (amongst many other things) sci-fi films, never seen footage and bootlegged toys.

The event was organised by Luftslottet, a cross-cultural organisation focused in the research and promotion of outsider art, subcultures and many more!