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BIOGRAPHY

Andreas Norlén is a multifaceted artist born and raised in northern Sweden. Painter, photographer, illustrator and designer. Inspired by art history, popular culture, football, ancient myths, religion and the golden age of Hollywood.

He mainly works with photography and editing. Over the years, he has periodically focused more on other types of expression, but usually returned to working with images in some form. At a young age, his family encouraged him to become a cartoonist or illustrator, while he was more inclined to work as a designer or art director. Growing up, he loved cutting, pasting and creating new covers for his CDs and DVDs. In high school, he chose film and photography courses and quickly found a new passion. In high school, the costume designer in the drama department encouraged Andreas to explore his interest in styling and design. She asked him for help when she had a lot to do or needed artistic inspiration. Andreas made several clothing collections in high school but then continued to focus on accessories and jewelry. His jewelry has been worn by the actress Regina Lund in the magazine ELLE. During his high school years, he began to explore collage and had a few exhibitions in the Nola School's light hall with fashion and textile-based themes. Andreas began to receive commissions to create posters and printed material for various events and through his involvement in dog sports, he began to create advertisements for dog breeders to advertise in various trade magazines.

In 2011, Andreas created an exhibition for Örnsköldsvik Pride week on the theme of LGBT people in art history. He put together images of many famous old classical artists and mixed them with modern counterparts. He drew parallels between centuries of artwork in an attempt to highlight the fact that LGBT people have always existed and are not a new "invention" of modern times. He would hang portraits of transsexual model and clubber Amanda Lepore, known for having the world's most lavish plastic surgery body, next to Jusepe de Ribera's portrait of the bearded lady Magdalena Ventura painted in 1631. The exhibition strengthened and encouraged the city by using display windows in shops for the longest time. Örnsköldsvik's pedestrian streets.

In 2012, Andreas got the chance to show at the well-known Liljevalch gallery in Stockholm, in a group exhibition to celebrate the Swedish Home Crafts Association's 100th anniversary, which also led to requests to exhibit his art in Anundsjö Art Exhibition. Andrea's first solo exhibition consisted of colorful portraits of actors from the silver screen and Hollywood's golden age. In the fall of 2014, Andreas exhibited his colorful Wizard of OZ tribute at Örnsköldsvik's Museum & Art Gallery.

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Ethnologist, museologist and cultural entrepreneur educated at Umeå and Uppsala universities. The themes that pervade my work and my studies can be summarized with the concepts of identification, commitment and power with a focus on LGBTQ+ issues and representation. A theoretical conceptual apparatus that characterizes my work is performativity, performance, queer, subjectivity, affect, vulnerability. This can be seen, among other things, in my essays which dealt with negative norms and homophobia in men's football, the importance of Army of lovers for LGBTQ+ fans who fought for the rights of LGBTQ+ people with camps as a resistance strategy and always made sure that homosexuality is something you can dance to, Museums work with queer sources, collections and representation issues.

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