Filip Fredrik Haglund is a Swedish artist and filmmaker. Born in Stockholm, Sweden, he initially studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Stockholm University, graduating with a BA in Applied Philosophy. In 2016 he graduated from Central Saint Martins with a BA in Fine Art, specializing in time-based media. He is currently conducting his MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths.
What are you looking at, and what do you actually see?
My art practice is a discourse around the human condition, interpreted and expressed
through my own being. My body of work explores how art and
philosophy can be used to define the human existence.
I mainly work in video, with installation and performance being an intrinsic part of my art
practice. The perspective from which I create, is the body, therefore performativity is a
central element to my videos. In terms of installation, it can both appear as sculptural
elements within a video, or as a way of creating video installations as “liquid" sculptures.
I view art as a perceptual tool that can dissect both the existentialistic conditions, and the
socio-political conditions of human nature. Art as a perceptual tool can force us to challenge
our beliefs, art can challenge those beliefs that constitutes the norm or what appears to be
taken as given. Art is an investigation through the semantically, ontologically, and
epistemically malformed in order to seek around the edges of our understanding. I explore
to what degree art can be used to challenge our current beliefs in order to question the
norms that constitute our existence. Look at your hands.
The subject matters in my practice stretches from morals to normativity, religion and
ideology. I conduct a post-existentialistic research of our social reality. How can art be used
to explore, and understand the basic conditions of the human being, in the structure of
governance and power? I look internally, to the singularity of the mind and how the mind
defines the self, and I look externally, at the relational structures of power that govern and
The common denominator of my research is the body, my own presence and physical
existence. My body is the micro, and the macro, it is the interpreter and the expresser, the
creative tool of art making. What are you? My works are physical and
animalistic, they are an attempt to find the rawness of the primordial state, and if I can
catch a glimpse of this primordial state, then maybe some sort of understanding of our
existence can be reached. The body is the perceptual tool of a social sculpture, that seeks to
question and declare its own existence, within the constructed social reality.
A holographic joke, alive and humble, I am present
Spin spin spin for me my little pony