JH Engström – Close Surrounding

JH EngströmImage courtesy of Foam

JH Engström – Close Surrounding

Foam is proud to present the work of the Swedish photographer JH Engström (1969) in the exhibition Close Surrounding. Engström divides his time between Paris, France and his birthplace in Värmland, Sweden. The manoeuvring between the slow pace of country life and the stimulating energy of the city is essential in Engström’s life. This is reflected in his pure and authentic photographs and in the exhibition at Foam. The exhibition includes unique, previously unseen collages.

JH EngströmImage courtesy of Foam

JH Engström‘s photographs – which always reflect his engagement with his surroundings – reveal the loneliness and absurdity of the human condition. Engström uses his camera and its artistic possibilities to communicate in a meaningful and direct way with the viewer. He also shares his doubts about whether it is possible to truly understand what life is about. He explores various photographic genres such as the self-portrait, landscape, the snapshot and aerial photography. JH Engström’s oeuvre is multi-faceted.

JH EngströmImage courtesy of Foam

He documents the ambience of the places he photographs, but at the same time his work can also be interpreted as a personal, visual “stream of consciousness”, a continuous flow of images that portray feelings, observations and memories of the photographer. Furthermore he ‘plays’ with one of the traditional characteristic of photography: depicting reality. In his photographs he emphasizes the fact that they are visual interpretations of that reality, by experimenting with technical imperfections such as overexposure, motion and dust

more. www.foam.org | www.jhengstrom.com/

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