Va Curator-in-Residence

Jonatan Habib Engqvist

Independent Curator and Writer
Based in Stockholm

Va Curator-in-Residence
Short Study Trip in January 2017 for “Curating a Landscape?” Project and Talk
Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 18:00 IRST at CC Isfahan

“Curating a Landscape?”
This talk will mainly present the pilot project New Småland. It will also be a means of introducing Sweden, vis-à-vis the image of Sweden, and hopefully provide some perspectives on curating. The New Småland project combines international contemporary arts, design and critical thinking with local knowledge and experiences. This is a means of addressing and re-evaluating the contemporary aesthetic, social and political landscape of region mainly known for lakes, forests and rare earths situated between the cities of Malmö and Stockholm. The project is an interregional cooperation between local government, 4 arts institutions and a university and it was originally conceived on the occasion of the Swedish bid to host the nomadic European biennale Manifesta in 2018. It has however developed in a distinctive direction, towards a dynamic platform for exchange and dialogue. The talk will therefore also address prospects of working beyond the ”biennale model” of a three-month event, as a means to farther viable platforms for both local and international art production. The talk gives some examples of different public and non-public models of international and inter-regional exchange from the last year. Some of them will be developed further in 2017.


Jonatan Habib Engqvist is an independent curator and writer. He is currently co-curator of the process-based biennale Sinopale 6 in Turkey, organising New Småland – a series of events in collaboration between 4 art institutions in southern Sweden and running the small-scale curatorial residency CRIS in Stockholm. He was co-curator of the Momentum biennale 2015, project manager for visual art at Iaspis (2009-2014), curator of Reykjavík Arts Festival 2012, and has been employed as curator at Moderna Museet (2008-09). He has written for and edited several books and journals, is editor in mischief at and teaches regularly at The Royal Institute of Fine Art in Stockholm. Recent shows include solo exhibtions with Bouchra Khalili at Färgfarbriken, Stockolm, 2016, Raluca Popa, RCI, Stockholm and A Kassen at the National Gallery of Iceland, 2015.  Books include: Studio Talks: Thinking Through Painting (with Bength, Rydén, Sandström, Arvinius+Orfeus Publishing, 2014) In Dependence – Collaboration and Artists ́ initiatives (Torpedo Press, 2013), Work, Work, Work – A Reader on Art and Labour (with Enqvist, Masucci, Rosendahl & Widenheim, Steinberg Press, 2012), Dharavi: Documenting Informalities (with Lantz, KKH, 2008, Academic Foundation, New Delhi 2009).