Silver Carlsson

b. 1986

Silver Carlsson (formerly known as Hans Carlsson) is an artist, critic, poet and curator based in Malmö and Berlin. They have studied art at the art academies in Rennes (BFA , Malmö (MFA in critical and pedagogical studies) and at Konstfack – University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm (MFA in Art in the public realm), creative writing at Skurups folkhögskola and at Författarskolan Biskops Arnö. They have a bachelor degree in comparative litterateur from Södertörn University (Stockholm). Carlsson's art has been shown at places such as the Harun Farocki Institute in Berlin, Malmö Art Museum, Tensta konsthall and DAM Projects London. Their film and video installation piece HESTIA is since 2021 part of the Malmö Art Museum’s collection. Carlsson have, among other places, curated exhibitions for Lunds konsthall and Skånes konstförening (Malmö). As a critic, they have written critique, interviews and essays for magazines such as Kunstkritkk, ArtReview, Art India, Ord&Bild, Point of View/TriArt Film and Expressen. In 2021­–2022, Carlsson published fiction in Ordkonst and Pralin Magasin.


2021: Att skriva kritik och essäistik (To write criticism and essayism), project year, Författarskolan Biskops Arnö Nordens Folkhögskola.

2021: Creative Writing, year one, Skurups folkhögskola.

2018: BA in Comparative Literature, Södertörn University, Stockholm.

2016: Master in Fine Arts (MFA), ”Critical and Pedagogical Studies”, Malmö Art Academy.

2011: MFA, “Art in The Public Realm”, Konstfack – University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm.

2009: BFA, L’école régionale des beaux-arts de Rennes, France.


2023: One year working grant, The Swedish Author’s Fund

2022: One year working grant, The Swedish Arts Grants Comitee

2022: Travel grant, The Helge Ax:son Johnson foundation.

2020: Work grant for cultural workers, Malmö stad.

2020: Travel grant, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

2020: Travel grant, The Helge Ax:son Johnson foundation.

2018: Malmö Art Museums artist grant.

2017: Project grant, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

2016: Project grant (together with Claudia Del Fierro (main grant holder) and Julia Willén), The Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

2013-2014: Assistant grant (to assist the artist  Dave Hullfish Bailey in Los Angeles), The Swedish Arts Grants Committee.


2020.11.11–12.16: Course leader/teacher, ”Criticism, Essayism and Artist’s Writings”, Konsthögskolan i Malmö.

2017–2018: Recurrent lecturer at Intermedia studies, Dept. of Arts and Cultural Sciences

2017.10.10–2017.10.13: MFA course leader for “Writing Practice”, Oslo Art Academy.

2017.09.25–11.17: MFA course leader for “After Critique – Perspectives And Genealogies from Critical Theory”, Malmö Art Academy.

2016.09.15–2017.06.04: Project leader/ core tutor for the Critical and Pedagogical Studies MFA Programme at the Malmö Art Academy.

2015.12.10: Workshop leader, “New Borderlands”, reading group for art students at Tensta konsthall, as part of the programme for the exhibition Liquidity inc. by Hito Steyerl.

2014.09.19–2014.10.07: Guest teacher, Konstskolan Munka (preparatory art school).

Board Assignments

2015-2017: Chairperson of Skånes Konstförening’s (Malmö) board of directors.

2017: Part of the nomination committee for Index - The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation,
together with Maryam Fanni.

Lecturer, moderator and panelist

2023.03.20: Participated in panel discussion on the role of the critic and the value of critique, arranged by Art Scene Trondheim.

2018.02.03: Lecturer/moderator/organizer, lecture day on conceptual art at Lunds Konsthall. Lecturers: Dan Jönsson, Kristina Sjögren, Zdenka Badovinac and myself.

2017.05.04–05.05: Curator/Lecturer, “Contested Histories From El Complejo: The Intersection Between Erasure and Remembrance”, screening and symposium, Tensta konsthall, Stockholm. Project initiated by me Claudia del Fierro and Julia Willén. Lecturers included: Ricardo-Osvaldo Alvarado, Jennifer Baca, Maria Berríos and Stefan Jonsson and myself.

2016.02.04: Moderator, debate on cultural politics at Lunds konsthall. Arranged by Nätverket till stöd för Lunds konsthall (The network in support of Lunds konsthall), Galleri Pictura and Skånes konstförening.

Lecturer, From Soil to Structure, seminar programme/ outdoor screening, Malmö. In collaboration with Sunshine Socialist Cinema and Living Archives (Malmö högskola


Writing Residency in Trondheim arranged by Art Scene Trondheim.


Exhibitions and screenings
2023.09.21–23: Group exhibition, Inter Arts Center, Malmö.

2022.11.25: “Unreadable Future”, screening, IASPIS, Stockholm.

2022.11.09: “Unreadable Future”, screening, Galleri Format, Malmö.

2022.08.20:  “Unreadable Future”, screening, Harun Farocki Institut, Berlin.

2022.03.13–11.16:  “Home”, Group exhibition, Malmö Art Museum.

2021.08.24: Film screening at Inter Arts Center, Malmö (In collaboration with Malmö konstmuseum).

2018.28.09: Group exhibition, Inter Arts Center, Malmö.

2017.05.01–10.28: Artist-in-residence/solo exhibition, Inter Arts Center, Malmö.

2016.09.23–2017.01.24: The Society Machine, group exhibition, Malmö Art Museum.

2015.06.10: Performative lecture, Signal – Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö.

2015.05.15: Group exhibition, DAM projects, London.

2010.06.09-07.04: Group exhibition, Techniques of Persuasion, Konsthall C, Hökarängen.
Exhibitions and screenings in a non art context
2020.09.25–09.27: Solo exhibition, Antikvariat Anti, Malmö.

2015.03–2015.06: Solo exhibition, Teknikens och sjöfartenshus, Malmö Museum.

2012: Solo exhibition, Stockholm City Library. In collaboration with Stockholm City Library, ABF-Stockholm and the artists Sanna Marander and Åsa Elzén.
Hestia, video installation, Malmö konstmuseum (since winter 2021)
2021–2022: Residency at the Harun Farocki-institute in Berlin (financed by IASPIS)

2013–2014 Contamination of Evidence, residency at the Swedish History Museum, Stockholm (organised by ArtLab Gnesta)


Kritiker #68: Uppmärksamhetens ekonomi (The economics of attention). Edited together with Lejla Cato. October 2023. 

Contested histories from El Complejo: An Anthology. With texts by: Jennifer Baca, María Berríos, Claudia del Fierro, Kristian Lund, Ricardo Osvaldo Alvarado and Julia Willén and myself. Edited together with Julia Willén and Claudia del Fierro. September 2017.

Konstperspektiv #3 2015, (monthly art magazine), co-editor.

Konst i Arbete (Art at Work). Anthology with texts by: Bo Göranzon, Michele Masucci, Gertrud Sandqvist, Frida Sandström, Nina Svensson, Marika oili and myself. Produced by Sveriges Konstföreningar. September 2013.

Curated exhibitions

“Ways of Unseeing”, group exhibition, Lunds konsthall.
Participating Artists: Harun Farocki, Cecilia Germain, Maria Jacobson, Chloé Galibert-Laîné & Kevin B. Lee, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Patricia Morosan, Magnhild Øen Nordahl, Elske Rosenfeld, Birender Kumar Yadav.

2020.11.28–2021.02.21: “Dormant Quantity” at Lunds konsthall.
Participating artists: Dave Hullfish Bailey, Kalle Brolin, Andreas Johansson, Caroline Mårtensson, Åsa Norberg & Jennie Sundén.

2019.06.29–22.09: “The Measure of All Things: On the (In)Human” at Lunds konsthall. Participating artists: Ulrika Gomm, Hanni Kamaly, Santiago Mostyn, Sandra Mujinga.

2019.01.26–03.24: “Remembering What Is: Chile’s Recent History in Film and Art” at Lunds konsthall.
Participating artists: Constanza Alarcón Tennen, Amalia Alvarez, Cecilia Barriga, Sebastián Calfuqueo, Cristóbal Cea, Claudia Del Fierro, Giorgio Giusti, Patricio Guzmán, Voluspa Jarpa, Miguel Littín, Marilu Mallet, Leonardo Portus, Enrique Ramírez, Raúl Ruiz, Claudio Sapiaín, Ivo Vidal.

2017.09.08–10.07: (cocurator together with Kalle Brolin), “Dörren i muren” (The door in the wall), group exhibition, Konstfrämjandet Skåne, Malmö. Participating artists: Vanja Sandell Billström, Monika Marklinger, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Goldin+Senneby.

2017.09.01–09.30: (Cocurator together with Sebastian Dahlqvist), Paragoge, group exhibition. Participating artist: Petter Dahlström Persson and Matti Sumari.

2017.05.12–06.04: (Cocurator together with Sebastian Dahlqvist), Behind the Same Façades, group exhibition, Skånes konstförening, Malmö. Participating artists: Kajsa Dahlberg & Gritt Uldall-Jessen, Sirous Namazi, Silke Wagner, Peter Weiss, Kristin Ylikiiskilä Broberg.

2014–2016: “Artoteket”: a travelling art library with lendable art works. Has been exhibited at Tensta konsthall, Varbergs kulturhus, Karlstad Public Library, Mölnlycke Public Library and at Skånes konstförening in Malmö. In collaboration with Konstfrämjandet.

2016.06.05–06.29: “Mens et Manus”, group exhibition, Skånes konstförening, Malmö. Participating artists Magnhild Øen Nordahl, Peter Kädergård and Sarah Browne.

2015.11.26: “Konst i Arbete” (Art at Work), conference at The Museum of Work, Norrköping. With among other participants: Gertrud Sandqvist, Anna Ihle, Stina Nyberg, Michele Masucci and Emma Stenström. The conference was produced by Sveriges Konstföreningar.

2015.10.27–2016.01.24: “Precarious: On the Aesthetics and Ethics of New Labour”, group exhibition, The Museum of Work, Norrköping. Participating artists: Daria Bogdanska, Kalle Brolin, Ioana Cojocariu, Celie Eklund, Annika Eriksson, Angelica Falkeling, Anna Ihle, Anders Rundberg, Homa Badpa & Amanda Peterson, Marika Troili and Emma Tryti.

2015.08.28–2015.09.06: “Kenosis”, group exhibition, Halmlagret, Copenhagen. With the exam students at Malmö Art Academy as part of Copenhagen Art Week.

Curatorial employments

2019.06.29–22.09: Interim curator, Lunds konsthall.

2017.10.01–2018.03.30: Curator at Konstfrämjandet Skåne. Responsible for the artistic programme.

curator, Lunds konsthall.

2014.03–2014.06: Assistant curator and program curator, Malmö Art Museum.