Nygårds Karin Bengtsson works with staged photography. She has a background studying both theatre and documentary photography before entering art school; University of Art and Design (Aalto University), Helsinki, Finland, from where she holds a Master of Fine Arts (2003). Her work revolves around timeless issues: Man's relation to time and space, fact and fiction, memory and vision. Her staged photographs are in the state before and after the drama, where the drama itself is located in the viewer's perception of the image. A lonely person in a room or a landscape characterizes Nygårds Karin Bengtsson’s photographic works. The “mis en scene” is carefully considered and constructed: the artist herself is in charge of the direction, set design, casting, costumes, props and above all the lighting. Yet the result is the removal of information instead of adding it to the picture. What remains is a kind of intermediate picture between a Still Life and a Film Still. Nygårds Karin Bengtsson (b. 1972) lives and works in Höganäs, Sweden. Her work has been shown at Fotografiska (Photography Museum), Stockholm, Malmö Art Museum, Sweden, Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland and Eskilstuna Art Museum, Sweden among many others. Her work is represented in the collections of Malmö Art Museum, Stockholm Konst (Stockholm Art) and The National Public Art Council.
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