Collection: Nygård's Karin Bengtsson

Karin works with scenography. She has studied both theater and documentary photography before going to art school. Her background is visible in her photographic work, theatrical and usually taking place side by side, fiction and reality are interwoven.

Staging, which is a way of working with photography, is for her a way to make a moment more intense; to rather capture the experience of what has happened than what is happening. The work A lonely person in a room or landscape characterizes Nygård's Karin Bengtsson's photographic work. There are no answers to who the people are, where they are or what is happening or has happened. Nygård's Karin Bengtsson maintains a state of mind, which she portrays with the camera.

The "missed scene" is carefully considered and constructed: the artist himself is responsible for the direction, design, casting, costumes, props and above all the lighting. Yet the result is the removal of information instead of adding it to the image. What remains is a kind of intermediate image between a still life and a film still.

TRAINING

MFA, University of Art and Design (Aalto University), Helsinki, Finland
BFA, University of Art and Design (Aalto University), Helsinki, Finland
Universität Essen (Folkwang Schule), Essen, Germany
Nordens Fotoskola, Biskops-Arnö, Sweden

EXHIBITIONS SELECTION

Krapperup art gallery, Sweden
Märsta Art Gallery, Märsta, Sweden
Gallery Thomas Wallner, Simrishamn, Sweden
Magazine, Falun
Domeij Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Fotografiska, Stockholm, Sweden
Höganäs Museum and Art Hall, Höganäs, Sweden
Art Forum Norrköping, Norrköping, Sweden
Vargåkra Farm Konsthall, Hammenhög, Sweden
Eskilstuna Art Museum, Eskilstuna, Sweden
Alingsås Art Gallery, Alingsås, Sweden
Gallery Ping Pong, Malmö, Sweden
Mora cultural center, Mora, Sweden
Art Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Kunsthalle Helsinki – Studio, Helsinki, Finland
Stockholm photo festival, Sweden
Gallery Hjärnstorm, Stockholm, Sweden
Taidehallin Klubi, Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland
Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki, Finland

COLLECTION EXHIBITION SELECTION

Gallery Thomas Wallner, Simrishamn, Sweden
Art in the Diocese of Västerås, Sweden
Sven-Harry's Art Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Motala Art Gallery, Motala, Sweden
Värmlands Museum, Karlstad, Sweden
The work, Avesta, Sweden
Malmö Art Museum, Sweden
Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
Liljevalch Art Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Skepparholmen in co-operation with CFF, Stockholm, Sweden
Museum for Fotokunst Brandts Klædefabrik, Odense, Denmark
VIDA Art Museum, Halltorp, Sweden
Gallery Hjärnstorm, Stockholm, Sweden
The Art Fair represented by Gallery Hjärnstorm (Sweden), Sollentuna, Sweden
Dalarnas Museum, Falun, Sweden
Brother Hjorth's House, Uppsala, Sweden
Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, Sweden
Stockholm Art Fair represented by Gallery TAIK (Finland), Stockholm, Sweden
Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland
The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland
Cable Factory, Helsinki and Hämeenlinna Arts Centre, Finland
KIASMA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki, Finland

OTHER

Her work has been shown at Fotografiska, Stockholm, Malmö Art Museum and Eskilstuna Art Museum, Sweden among many others. She has received several grants and was awarded "Jury's Choice" in 2010; The best work in show for her work "Hjortrum" at Vårsalongen, Liljevalchs Konsthall (Liljevalchs Art Gallery), Stockholm. Her work is represented in the collections of Malmö Art Museum, Stockholm Art and the Norwegian Arts Council. She lives and works in Höganäs, southern Sweden.

AWARDS

The Choice of the Jury, the best work in show, Vårsalongen 2010,
Liljevalchs Konsthall (Liljevalchs Art Gallery), Stockholm, Sweden.
VinUnic's grant for young promising artist, Sweden.
Nominated to Becker's artist scholarship 2005, Sweden.