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2017
June 30 – August 20:  Elina Brotherus - Time Pieces

© Elina Brotherus
Elina Brotherus (born 1972) lives and works in Finland and France, and is currently one of the most prominent contemporary artists from the Nordic countries. Since her breakthrough in the late 1990s, her work has been included in exhibitions the world over. In her photographs and video pieces she explores classical motifs from art history and responds to them using herself as the model. With her camera she paints pictures that are marked by a delicate color scale and her unique, unmistakable aesthetic.
In both interiors and landscapes Elina Brotherus investigates the individual’s relationship with his/her environment. She deals with time and space in intimate and meticulous observations of the outside world.
The video piece The Black Bay Sequence (2010) shows the artist over and over again walking into and out of the ice-cold water of a Nordic lake. Filmed over an entire summer at different times of the day and the night, it turns into a study of the weather, water, and sky – of the sublime, the eternal, and the passage of time.
In the picture suite 12 ans après (2011–13) Elina Brotherus returns to the French surroundings in which she started her artistic career twelve years earlier. She dresses in the same clothes and creates a dialogue with her own earlier images. The photographs reveal the affinity that she has developed with French culture, as well as signifying a farewell to the years of her youth.

The exhibition is produced in corporation with the artist. Mindepartementet thanks for support from: Stockholms Stad, Kulturrådet, Stockholms läns landsting, Göteborgstryckeriet, Arctic Paper, Part Stockholm, gb agency, Finlandsinstitutet and Kulturfonden for Sverige and Finland.
All pictures © Elina Brotherus

© Elina Brotherus

© Elina Brotherus

© Elina Brotherus


16 February – 14 May 2017:  Aneta Grzeszykowska - Body of Work

© Aneta Grzeszykowska
Aneta Grzeszykowska, born 1974 in Warsaw where she still lives and works, is central to the contemporary Polish art scene. She has in recent years been included in numerous exhibitions around the world and will now be showing in Sweden for the first time with a wide selection of work dating from 2006 to 2015.
Aneta Grzeszykowska’s installations, films, and photographic series revolve around gender, identity, and the body but also touch on anthropological and existential questions. The critically acclaimed project Selfie (2014), which in a way forms the core of the exhibition, deals with how we create the image of ourselves. Somewhere between sculpture and photography, life and death, artificial and real, Aneta Grzeszykowska uses parts of her own body when creating sculptures from pig skin that she photographs against a background of leather.
In the series Negative Book (2012–13) and the related film Negative Process she explores the photographic medium and plays with the relation between photography, painting, and performance, and between the negative and the physical photograph.
The exhibition is produced by Mindepartementet in close collaboration with the artist and has been made possible with support from the Polish Institute in Stockholm and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

© Aneta Grzeszykowska

© Aneta Grzeszykowska

© Aneta Grzeszykowska


2016
27 october 2016 – 29 januari 2017:  Graciela Iturbide & Christer Strömholm

© Graciela Iturbide / Colecciones Fundación MAPFRE
Christer Strömholm och Graciela Iturbide träffades för första gången på 1980-talet i Stockholm. De blev nära vänner och sågs sedan vid flera tillfällen under åren och utbytte tankar om konst och fotografi. Deras verk har många beröringspunkter och förenar den dokumentära traditionen med det konceptuella, närheten med avståndet. Nu möts de båda vännerna och Hasselbladspristagarna för första gången i en utställning.
Graciela Iturbide
Graciela Iturbide föddes år 1942 i Mexico City, där hon fortfarande bor och arbetar. I början av 1970-talet studerade hon filmvetenskap vid Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Där träffade hon den legendariske fotografen Manuel Álvarez Bravo som fick henne intresserad av fotografi.
Utställningen har möjliggjorts genom stöd från Mexikanska Ambassaden i Stockholm och Amexcid.
Christer Strömholm – Poste Restante
För första gången visas nu i utställningsform en platsspecifik version av Christer Strömholms banbrytande bokverk Poste Restante (Norstedts 1967). Till utställningen, som omfattar ett 70-tal fotografier, utkommer en nyutgåva av Poste Restante (Strömholm Estate och Art and Theory Publishing). I Strömholm Collection visas samtidigt fördjupande material med koppling till Poste Restante. Utställningen Christer Strömholm - Poste Restante är producerad av Bildverksamheten Strömholm och Mindepartementet.

© Graciela Iturbide / Colecciones Fundación MAPFRE

© Bildverksamheten Strömholm
From Juli 1st:  Esko Männikkö - Time Flies
This summer’s large-scale exhibition at Mindepartementet Art and Photography presents the work of the Finnish artist Esko Männikkö, born in 1959 in Pudasjärvi and living and working in northern Finland. The exhibition comprises over a hundred works from the 1980s to today.
Männikkö’s international breakthrough came in the mid-1990s with his portrayal of bachelors from northern Finland’s sparsely populated areas – images that convey both tenderness and integrity, leaving an indelible impression on many. His interest in photography was aroused early in life during hunter trips with his family. Männikkö was mesmerized by how an image would take shape on the paper in the school’s photo lab, and the hunt was soon transferred from animal to image. As a photographer Männikkö is completely self-taught.
In photographs with strong painterly qualities Männikkö develops the historical still-life tradition further. The human condition and the passing of time are recurring themes, as the exhibition’s title Time Flies reminds one. He explores the borderlands between the conceptual and the documentary in pictures with an underlying political dimension. The complex relationship between human and nature is central. Stuffed and live animals, often difficult to tell apart, are portrayed in intrusive close-ups focusing on their gaze.
Männikkö has an idiosyncratic way of presenting his photographs, where the found or homemade frames become an important part of the work. Over the years his work has been shown in a large number of international exhibitions and he has received several high-profile prizes, such as the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2008).
Esko Männikkö - Time Flies is presented in collaboration with the Finnish Art Society.

Untitled, from the series The Blues Brothers, 2009 © Esko Männikkö

Untitled, from the series The Blues Brothers, 2009 © Esko Männikkö

Untitled, from the series The Blues Brothers, 2009 © Esko Männikkö
17/3 – 15/5 2016:  Alberto García-Alix. A place of no return
In spring 2016, Stockholm’s new art platform, Mindepartementet Art and Photography, opened with a solo exhibition by the Spanish photographer Alberto García-Alix (León, 1956). Along with the likes of Pedro Almodóvar, García-Alix was a key figure in La Movida, the cultural crusade of experimental design, music, film, and art that arose in Spain in the 1980s.
The exhibition provides insight into the Spanish artist’s life and work over four decades, beginning at the end of the 1970s when the rigid regime established under Franco’s dictatorship was replaced with creative freedom in all its forms. The artistic avant-garde that emerged challenged prevailing societal norms and tested tirelessly the limits of sexuality and drugs. The self-taught García-Alix used his Hasselblad camera to portray this time of transition during a decade in which photography emerged as the central form of artistic expression.
García-Alix depicts himself and the people around him stripped of cultural taboos and moral censorship. He explores universal human themes such as sex, violence, and death in naked and intrusive, yet poetic confrontations with his models. His work seem to be more about the encounter than the finished image.

© Alberto García-Alix. Courtesy Galería Juana de Aizpuru.

© Alberto García-Alix. Courtesy Galería Juana de Aizpuru.

© Alberto García-Alix. Courtesy Galería Juana de Aizpuru.
2015
Marina Gadonneix
Smoke Screens
8 oktober - 14 november 2015

Anna Orlowska
Läckage och andra arbeten
12 mars – 25 april 2015

FAMILY OF MEN
Edward Steichens Naval Aviation Photographic Unit
22 januari – 28 februari 2015

2014
Nuno Perestrelo
Lost Empires
25 september -29 november 2014

Eva Stenram
Drape and Parts
16 januari – 1 mars 2014

Daniel & Geo Fuchs
Stasi – Hemliga rum
24 oktober – 14 december 2014


2013
Joan Fontcuberta
Landscapes without Memory – Orogenesis
14 mars – 1 juni 2013

Hyun-Jin Kwak
The Island – A Case Study of a Collector´s Mind
15 mars – 28 april 2013

Elinor Carucci
Släkt och subject
19 januari – 3 mars 2013


2012
Richard Renaldi
Unga män och främlingar
10 mars – 14 maj 2012

2011
Eva Lauterlein
 
20 januari – 26 februari 2011


Robert Adams
 
2 oktober – 7 november 2011


Margherita Spiluttini
Beyond Nature – Constructions of Landscape
26 augusti – 26 september 2011



2010


2009
Samuel Fosso, 2009
Desiree Dolron, 2009
Lise Sarfati, 2009

2008
Tom Hunter, 2008
Martina Hoogland Ivanow, 2008

2007
David Goldbatt, 2007
2006
Susan Meiselas, 2006
JH Engström, 2006
Tina Enghoff, 2006

2005
Bernd och Hilla Becher, 2005
Lee Friedlander, 2005

2004
Rinko Kawauchi, 2004
2003
Malick Sidibé, 2003