Face: JH Engstrom | Andreas E.G. Larsson


Photographers from Sweden


Friday, July 13, 2012 - Saturday, July 28, 2012


 JH JH Engstrom, "From the series Shelter", silver gelatin print, 1997 

Andreas E.G Larsson, "MOM", color polaroid, 2012 



Opening Reception

Friday, July 13, 2012, 5:00 - 8:00pm


Screening of A Film About/With Anders Petersen by JH Engstrom

Saturday, July 14, 2012, 7:00 - 8:00pm RSVP


The Light That Remains Will Lead Us to Heaven, Site Specific Sound Performance by Wrekmeister Harmonies

Friday, July 20, 2012 8:00pm RSVP



Jennifer Norback Fine Art, Inc. 
217 West Huron | Chicago, Illinois 60654 | 773.671.5945 | www.jennifernorbackfineart.com

Gallery hours: Thursday - Saturday 11-6 or MAKE AN APPOINTMENT 


The exhibition, FACE: JH ENGSTR�M | ANDREAS E.G. LARSSON : Photographers from Sweden, features three generations of Sweden's most important photographers. Preeminent Swedish photographer Anders Petersen gained his international reputation with the publishing of his seminal 1978 photobook, Cafe Lehmitzan unsentimental yet intensely intimate and personal account of his relationship with a Hamburg bar and its denizens. JH Engstrom, a close friend of Petersen, has collaborated with him on many projects, including their most recent project concerning their homeland in Sweden called, From Back Home. Engstrom's work has been highly desirable to photography collectors since his book, Trying to Dance, was short listed in 2006 for the prestigious Deutsche B�rse Photography Prize. Andreas E.G. Larsson, the youngest of the three, chose photography as a profession after taking a class from Anders Petersen. Larsson attracted the attention of Chicago's art world in 2011 when his photographs of Chicago's Marina City Towers were first exhibited and then purchased by the Art Institute of Chicago.


This exhibition at Jennifer Norback Fine Art contrasts Engstrom's 1997 black and white silver gelatin prints of women living in a shelter in Stockholm from his first book, Shelter, with Larsson's color polaroid enlargements from a yet to be published body of work about the men of a lowrider community in Denver, CO.  Together in the space of the gallery these works suggest dialogs that span gender, time, and country. Like their mentor Anders Peterson, both Engstrom and Larsson became part of the communities they photographed, developing the trust of their subjects over time before the pictures were taken. The result is a very personal and very respectful account of that relationship in which the subjects are able to reveal their vulnerability with dignity and true presence.


Saturday, July 14, 7- 8pm Jennifer Norback Fine Art, will screen an hour-long film, "A Film About/With Anders Petersen" by JH Engstrom. The film follows Peterson personal and professional life including many stills of his large body of work.  Engstrom's very close connection to Petersen is apparent in this excellent introduction to Peterson's work.


Friday, July 20 at 8pm JR Robinson and Chanel Pease of Wrekmeister Harmonies will perform a site specific work, The Light That Remains Will Lead Us to Heaven. Unlike the grand installation in the main hall of Paris's Centre Pompidou or the dramatic performance in December of 2011 at the auditorium of Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, Wrekmeister Harmonies has created, for this event, an intimate sound piece that plays on the smaller scale of the gallery space and speaks to the subject of personal revelation inherent in the exhibited works.


Hope to see you in the gallery! 
Jennifer Norback