Drawing inspiration from painting, poetry, cinema and philosophy, Vilhelm Sundin works in various new and old media producing images that reflect on time and the situations we find ourselves in. While some works are rooted in photography or video, others are rendered from a thought, dream or memory. The artist does not particularly distinguish the documentary value of his works but instead sees them as a fictionalized account of the everyday surrounding him. Attempting to present the mundane in all its forms of absurdity, beauty, comedy, and sadness has led him to pursue images that look real at first glance but constructed up close.
Sundin was born in Sweden in 1986. In 2006 he moved to Canada, where he currently works and lives. He graduated from Emily Carr University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Media Arts. In 2017, he received his MFA degree from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts. Sundin was the recipient of the inaugural Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize in 2016, awarded to emerging artists in the province of British Columbia.
In 2018 he had the privilege of exhibiting his video installation The Ship at the Bottom of the Mountain as part of The Polygon Gallery’s opening exhibition titled N. Vancouver. Sundin is also the creator of numerous short films that deal with themes of ambition and creativity, failed career paths and tragicomic search for meaning. Sundin’s work is heavily influenced by his Scandinavian heritage, philosophy, international cinema and the photo-conceptual work that emanates from his adopted home city of Vancouver.