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SELECTED WORKS BY JH Engström

Nude 1
JH Engström
Nude 1

2005

C-print

125 x 90 cm
JH Engström’s naked subjects are relaxed, seemingly at ease with themselves and the gaze of others. If, on the one hand, the pictures have no erotic charge (it might be fairer to say that they don’t follow the conventions of photographic titillation), on the other hand, there is nothing clinical about them; the casual framing and background hints of domesticity counter that. Nakedness is presented simply as a natural state. Engström, I think, identifies personally with the ’nakedness’ of his subjects.
Nude 2
JH Engström
Nude 2

2005

C-print

125 x 90 cm
His photography is about vulnerability and exposure, and it is as much about his own.
Nude 3
JH Engström
Nude 3

2005

C-print

125 x 90 cm
His ’nudes’ are in this sense self-portraits. On the occasion of his book Trying to Dance (2004), from which the pictures in Out of Focus were taken, the photographer admitted to "...always looking for presence.
Nude 4
JH Engström
Nude 4

2005

C-print

90 x 125 cm
Whenever I try, my doubts get unmasked." The work is therefore autobiographical. And as he puts a feeling of loneliness high on the list of his sensibilities, he has come up with a strategy that heightens the mood; he distances the viewer from himself and from his world (i.e., you will feel my loneliness, too) by a purposefully imperfect technique.
Untitled
JH Engström
Untitled

2005

C-print

90 x 125 cm
Prints seem muddy, or faded, or the colour balance seems off. This washed-out patina makes the photographs look indeterminately old – were they taken ten years ago, twenty? I think reviewer Martin Jaeggi has it right when, speaking of Engström’s pictures, he has "the impression of looking at memories”.

Text by William A Ewing

JH Engström's BIOGRAPHY

JH Engström
Born 1969, in Karlstad, Sweden.
Lives and works between Östa Ämtervik, Paris and Stockholm



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2011
La Residence at GUN Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
From Back Home together with Anders Petersen at Flinxo Photo Gallery in Gent, Belgium
Trying to Dance, Konsthallen, Gerlesborg, sweden

2010
From Back Home together with Anders Petersen at the National Media Museum in Bradford, England

2009
Trying to Dance, L'ESA Gallery, Lorient
Haunts, Galerie LIEU, Lorient
From Back Home, together with Anders Petersen, Galerie VU, Paris
From Back Home, together with Anders Petersen, Värmlands Museum, Sweden
Centre Atlantique de la Photographie, Brest, France, Trying to Dance/ Haunts
Galerie Le Lieux, Lorient, France, Trying to Dance/ Haunts

2008
GUN Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, Sketch of Home

2007
Huarte Art Center, Huarte, Spain, Tying to Dance/ Haunts

2006
Contretype, Brussels, Belgium, Je suis ou.Milliken, Stockholm
Fotografins Hus, Haunts, Stockholm
Galerie VU, Haunts, Paris
Nantes Photo festival

2005
Hasselblad Center, Haunts, Gothenburg.

2004
Galerie VU‚, Trying to dance, Paris.

2002
The Nordic Museum , Shelter , Stockholm.
Arhoteque D’Angers, Trying to dance, Angers.
Contretype, Trying to Dance, Brussels.

2000
Gallery F48, Entreacte, Stockholm.


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2012
Out of Focus, Saatchi Gallery, London
International Photo Bienale in Liege, Only you only me

2009
Winterthur Fotomuseum, Darkside II
Kunsthalle Wien, Das Porträt-Fotografie als Buhne
Arles Photofestival, Show curated by Nan Goldin

2008
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Darkside

2007
Cohan and Leslie Gallery, New York

2006
Mois de la Photo, Paris
Caprice Horn Gallery, Berlin
Contretype, ”Genre Humain”, Brussel
Fotografins Hus, ”Face a Face” Stockholm
Noorderlicht Photogallery
D-Foto, San Sebastian, Spain

2005
Milliken Gallery, Stockholm
Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell , USA.
Bildhuset, Umea, ”Instable”.
Photographers Gallery, London , ”Deutsche Börse Photography Price”.
Winterthur Fotomuseum, ”Der Traum vom Ich, der Traum von der Welt”.
Deutsche Börse Group, Frankfurt ( Main ).
Gooroom project, SouthCorea
Langhans Galerie, Galerie VU, Praha.

2004
Stockholm Cultural House, ”Instable”.

2002
Stockholm Cultural House, ”Stockholm too Close”.
Gallery CFF, Stockholm , ”Inspiration Strömholm”.
Theatre des images, Nice, ”Swedish Photography”.

1998
Photographic Fair in Gothenburg.
Stockhoolm Cultural House, ”Tempo - A documentary Festival”.
With Anders Petersen at Gallery Prinsen in Stockholm.

1994
Stockholm Cultural House, ”Territory”.