Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff

Gothenburg , Sweden

Annika Elisabeth von Hausswolff was born in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1967, where she lives and works. She has studied at the Sven Winquists School of Photography, Gothenburg, 1987–1989; Konstfack, Stockholm, 1991–1994 and the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts from 1995–1996.

von Hausswolff ’s photographs, which are often psychologically charged and ambiguous, allude to the liminal space between fiction and reality. Her practice spans many areas, but some recurring subjects in her artistic work are social power structures, psychoanalysis and violence. von Hausswolff ’s expression is closely associated with carefully staged photographs, the aesthetic of which brings to mind photo documentary material from criminological investigations. She also investigates and depicts the domestic sphere according to the same premises. The carefully arranged photographs, where seemingly quotidian objects and environments in the home are portrayed as psychologically loaded, are multi-faceted and suggestive.

She has had solo exhibitions at ARoS, Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark (2013); Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Gothenburg (2008); Baltic Art Center, Visby, Sweden (2005); the National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen (2002); Bildmuseet Umeå, Sweden (1998) and the Soros Center for Contemporary Art in Kiev, Ukraine (1997). She was included in the Nordic Pavilion of the 48th Venice Biennale (1999) and the 23rd Biennial of São Paulo, Brazil (1996).

von Hausswolff ’s work is included in the collections of the Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark; Astrup Fearnley Collection, Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo; Fonds National d ́Art Contemporain, Paris; Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg; KIASMA, Helsinki; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

von Hausswolff ’s work has been represented in a solo exhibition at Magasin III Museum for Contemporary Art, Ich Bin Die Ecke Aller Raüme, in 2008. Magasin III has one of the most extensive collections of her work in the world.