Visiting Artist: Helga Jakobson

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Helga Jakobson on Campus

Helga Jakobson
Studio Visits and Open Critique
March 8 + 9

Artist Helga Jakobson will be visiting with students to discuss their work. Open to all Undergraduate, Honours, and Grad Students – Spots are limited.

March 8 – Studio Visits (Honours and Grad Students)

1/2 Hour Studio Visits from 10am-6pm. Please sign up at After signing up, send the following to Mat at

Brief Artist Statement
Any Information that may guide the discussion
Website/ Images
Location of your studio + contact info (phone)

March 9 – Salon Style Critique for other Students

Room 370, ARTlab
Set up at 11am.
Critique and discussion between 12 and 3pm.

Students are encouraged to come, pin up works in progress, finished works and to discuss them with Helga. If interested, please send Mat an email at with a brief description of your work and some images. Spots are limited!

About Helga Jakobson:
Helga Jakobson is an artist currently exploring conditions of limbo within existence, with a focus on death, time and ephemerality. Often her research leads her towards momentary and organic material, and aims to propose new systems and methods for engagement. Most recently this has taken form through building digital interfaces, tools and instruments used to explore, amplify and reflect the barely visible, tangible or audible, while expressing the resonance and relationship between people, plants, and organic matter. A major trajectory in her work has been researching the phenomena of cultural iatrogenesis, which refers to the destruction of traditional methods of dealing with and making sense of death, suffering, and illness. In this way, the medicalization of life leads to cultural harm as society members lose their autonomous coping skills. Her research led to an ongoing body of work; iatrorgenerism and a continued interest in finding ways to confront these topics. In 2017, Jakobson received an MFA from AKV St. Joost (The Netherlands) in conjunction with courses in the Transdisciplinary New Media program at the Paris College of Art (France) in 2016. Jakobson has participated in residencies across Canada and Europe, has given lectures in France, the United Kingdom, Columbia and Canada and was most recently selected by V2_for their Graduation Edition, was nominated for the Blooom Award and as a finalist for the Salt Spring National Art Prize.

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