Lisa Nyberg is a visual artist based in Malmö, Sweden. She explores the radical possibilities of pedagogy and performance through processes that involves collective, embodied, transgressive and critical practices. In her work, she examines cultural and educational canons from an intersectional feminist perspective. This means creating situations and structures where learning can take place, as well as intervening in existing structures and institutions. Nyberg’s work takes the form of self-organized spaces, institutional processes, workshops, lectures, performances, videos, books and sound pieces.
Since 2014 Nyberg is a PhD in Practice candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. Her research project “Pedagogies of the Unknown” investigates how aesthetically based pedagogies can engage with the future in times of crisis. In light of anthropogenic climate change, a global environmental crisis, and its destabilizing impact on social and economic systems, there is an urgency to examine the relation between pedagogy and an unsettling future. In order not to succumb to panic, passivity or evasion: what are the possibilities of imagining otherwise? What kind of aesthetic education can “train the imagination for an epistemological shift” (Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak)? How could a pedagogy look like that is open to not knowing, to contingency and change?
Nyberg was one of the founders of Malmö Free University for Women (2006-2011) and the think tank on Radical Pedagogy (2011-2014), as well as the network X-front (2007-2010). Since 2015 she is part of UNICORN – artist in solidarity, an organization that explores forms of solidarity between artists through the sharing of food, experiences, knowledge and by organizing a residency for artists at risk.
Lisa Nyberg’s work has been exhibited at the Research Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Konsthall C, Trondheim Art Biennial, Signal – Center for Contemporary Art, Röda Sten, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Dunkers Kulturhus, Liljevalchs Konsthall, Gothenburg Art Museum, Rooseum among others. She has been awarded the One year working grant from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, the IASPIS project studio in Stockholm as well as the Malmö City Grant for Artistic Development. She teaches regularly at art academies in the Nordic countries, as The Danish National School of Performing Arts, Konstfack, Valand Art Academy, Malmö University and others.