City - NOMINEE: Karin Crona
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Old towns, shopping malls, industrial areas and wastelands, highways, big parking lots, suburbs divided in residential areas and compounds, green areas, tourist attractions, more or less visible slums... The major European cities and their suburbs get more and more alike. These images gives away clues to where they were taken, yet the narrative thread is based on similarity. This is an imaginary landscape of melancholy moments that look like they could have been shot anywhere. Like in a movie where each scene was shot in a different place, they create a single story, made logical by the magic of editing.
The photos in this series was shot in and around Istanbul, Prague, Stockholm and Paris in 2015 and 2016.
Born and raised in Sweden,
I received my MFA in graphic design
and illustration from the University
College of Arts, Crafts, and Design in Stockholm. In 1999, I moved to Paris to work as a graphic designer and art director.
My photography projects, mainly self portraits and «errances» (aimless wanderings) evolves around themes such as childhood, identity and territory. To challenge myself and develop my visual language for these fine art projects, I have participated in workshops with accomplished photographers such as Antoine d’Agata, Elina Brothérus, Anders Petersen and Claudine Doury. In 2011—2012 I also attended a photojournalist school and today I regularly do portraits and reportage work on commission.
My fine art series have been exhibited in in Sweden, France, Portugal and the Czech Republic. I was shortlisted for the prize QPN (Quinzaine Photographique Nantaise) in 2016 and I exhibit four of my series at the Rencontres de la Jeune Photographie Internationale 2017 in Niort, France.
My artistic work, inspired by primitive art and surrealism, is tinged with Scandinavian melancholy. It incorporates photography, collage, video, drawing and printmaking.
I’m a member of Studio Hans Lucas.