Far From Stockholm, 2013

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Sketch of Home, 2008

The large prints of Sketch of Home are blowups of precarious montages of small prints of various periods of JH Engström. The artist develops his taste for the images of images and the collages and constitutes a series of composite self-portraits, which answers the question of time and memory.

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From Back Home, 2001-2008

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Haunts, 2006

«The same non-hierarchical approach to life characterizes Haunts. But whereas Trying to Dance is mostly focused on the most immediate private sphere of the artist, here images made in public spaces play a more prominent role. […] At once violent and humorous, wistful and crass, Haunts balances extremes in a kaleidoscopic rush of images, a decentered vision of life.»

Martin Jaeggi, id.

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CDG/JHE, 2006

«[In CDG/JHE] Engström resorts to a more restrained visual language, almost minimal by his own standards […] the prints are tinged in gray, giving them an almost monochrome feel, as if dust or smoke had fallen on the scene. The printing endows the photographs of the almost deserted airport with a haunting atmosphere, at once nostalgic and apocalyptic.»

Martin Jaeggi, JH Engström : Looking for Presence , Aperture, n°190, Spring 2008

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Trying to Dance, 1996-2001

«Trying to Dance, shot in New York and Sweden, presents a non-linear juxtaposition of views of Engström’s everyday surroundings, ranging from self-portraits and nudes to landscapes and interiors. The impression of looking at memories, rather than documentary images, is heightened by the variety of the photographs, which span from straight black and white to heavily color-manipulated.»

Martin Jaeggi, id.

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