Hurricane season – Hannah Modigh

Hurricane season – Hannah Modigh

Opening March 2, at 17-20
Artist talk with Hannah Modigh: March 4, at 1.30 pm. The talk will be held in Swedish.
The exhibiton is open March 3 – April 15,  2018

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Hannah Modigh’s photographs are intimate and personal depictions of people. With a poetic imagery that is characterized by a sensitivity  for details  and body language, she captures atmospheres and emotions. Skin and nature that appear to have been abandoned are often returning elements in the images. In the seductively beautiful photographs, Modigh investigates how people are affected by their surroundings and living conditions and in earlier works she has photographed unemployed coal miners in Virginia and male prostitutes in San Francisco.

In Hurricane season Modigh portrays mental states of being between disasters. She has travelled to southern part of the U.S., in the state of Louisiana. Here, in this plain, many of North America’s poorest inhabitants live. During six months each year, the hurricane season prevails . Heavy storms are entering the region on a regular basis. Some are so strong that they take human lifes, destroy homes and provoque major floods.

During three months, Modigh lived in Louisiana and got to know people living there. She talked to people on the street, in the local super markets and bars and knocked at strangers’ doors. She was greeted by a society with major social issues and racism. The macho culture was strong, and according to statistics, this is where the most homicides and murders in the hole of U.S. are perpetrated. An aggressive undertone was often present and meanwhile, she realized that the constant concern of hurricanes and the underlying aggressiveness came from the same source. The pressure and the anxiety of being between disasters fret. Fear and powerlessness turn into anger and bitterness.

But Hurricane season also depicts how people survive in an indefinite everyday life: from using the wreckage of the car as a swimming pool during a hot summer day to sitting on the porch and getting you hair cut by a friend,  to waiting for the rain to stop.

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Hannah Modigh (born 1980) is living and working in Stockholm and spent much of her childhood in India and in Österlen in Skåne. She is educated at Fatamogana in Copenhagen, Nordens fotoskola in Stockholm and the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. In 2010, Modigh released the book Hillbilly heroin, honey. The same year it was shown as an exhibition at Galleri Format, rewarded with the Swedish Photo Book Prize, and one of the pictures in the book was selected as the best individual portrait of the year by Magnum. Hurricane season is the last part of a trilogy  of books, all photographed in the U.S. In 2016 Modigh was awarded the Lars Tunbjörkspris for the project.

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Read the review in Sydsvenskan by Thomas H Johnsson here. (in Swedish)