Different Distances: group exhibition of 5 female photographers

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Different Distances is a group exhibition with Denise Grünstein, Julia Hetta, Martina Hoogland Ivanow, Julia Peirone and Elisabeth Toll. Beyond our borders, a new generation of Swedish fashion photographers has been making a reputation for itself, spotted by international magazines, institutions and art galleries.

These five photographers master the difference between the intimate and the distant, they explore and displace limits, and create new atmospheres that bewitch us. Their art is a game of balance between fashion and artistic photography, plunging its roots in art history and personal experiences.  The exhibition is curated by Greger Ulf Nilsson.

Denise Grünstein’s maverick photographies master the switch between the atmosphere in her own creations and works of commission. Work whose main focus is the theme of women and nature, her playground – a visual world peculiar to the artist, powerful and suggestive.

Julia Hetta’s romantic and timeless images show an alternative world inhabited by mysterious and omniscient beings, evolving slowly in a place where the light is always soft, however permeated with a feeling of impatience. The colours are so saturated and the textures look so real they make one want to step closer and touch them.

Martina Hoogland Iwanow’s photographies give the onlooker the sensation of a presence both real and poetic, combined with a menacing and hypnotic aesthetic. Each image behaves like a novella. The photographer collects shadows and mists whose imprecision is precisely what constitutes their strength.

Julia Peirone masters the art of capturing moments out of our control, which we don’t have to perceive. Her images seem unflattering, for instance her series of portraits of teenage girls who, at an age where they’re transforming into women, are very conscious of the image they offer and of the other’s gaze.

Elisabeth Toll says ‘If there is no light, I can’t see anything’. Her photographs are inspired by personal recollections, stories, impressions and sensations which she relives and shares with us. These images spark our curiosity by their strong link to architecture and their dash of surrealism.

The exhibition is curated by Greger Ulf Nilsson and will be on display at Swedish Photography between June 8 – July 20.

Learn more about the exhibition here.