Kalle Brolin is an artist and a writer. He works with video installation and performance, in large scale and research-heavy projects. A series of works concerns the effect of two industries, coal mining and sugar factories, upon the inner and outer landscape of Scania (Skåne). These works have been shown in institutions such as Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Malmö Konstmuseum (Malmö), Röda Sten Konsthall (Göteborg) and Lunds Konsthall (Lund); they have been reviewed in most major Swedish newspapers, and also in Art Forum; they have been included in museum collections; they have been presented within research projects at Konstfack and Konstakademin (both Stockholm).
Other works by Kalle Brolin include a series of videos on the lives of images of questionable autonomy: Images of Debt (2005), About Face (2019) and Phantom Zone Projector II (2020). They all examine and question the circumstances under which certain photographs were taken, how the photos were circulated and how they accumulated interpretations and re-interpretations, distinctly separate from the lives of the people portrayed in the images.
Kalle Brolin is one of the initiators of the solarpowered socialist outdoor cinema, The Sunshine Socialist Cinema, which has shown art videos in collaboration with institutions such as Moderna Museet, Statens Konstråd, and Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art.
Kalle Brolin has written about contemporary art, mainly focusing on social practice projects and on a definition of the term ”political art”. His writing has appeared in books, catalogues, art magazines, and first and foremost in the alternative newspaper Fria Tidningen.
Kalle Brolin has lived and worked in London, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Istanbul, and more. He now lives in Malmö, in the south of Sweden.