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June 20, 2023—6:30 pm

Join us for a discussion with acclaimed artist Simen Johan in conversation with curator, writer and collector W.M. Hunt on the publication of Johan’s third monograph, published by powerHouse Books. With a unique creative process that combines candid wildlife photography with digital manipulation, cinematic drama, and a painterly approach, Simen Johan summons a metaphorically dense world into being where human fantasy and nature collide. Representing 15 years of the artist’s career and gathered here for the very first time in this deluxe volume are his celebrated uncanny animal portraits, otherworldly landscapes, and psychologically-charged narrative natural scenes.

Each image reveals poetic and often unexpected relationships that speak to the illusory and multifaceted nature of existence. Tensions between what is revealed and what is concealed, what is alluring and what is menacing, what is fact and what is fiction, both shape and unsettle the scenes. Johan presents us with paradoxical photographic worlds that echo uncanny versions of our own.

This event will take place at Scandinavia House. Advance registration is recommended; sign up at the link above. Catalogues will be available for purchase.

“Johan’s photographs underscore the importance of the creative act in photography, not as an act in itself, but as a means towards a conceptual and narrative goal.” —David E. Little, Executive Director of the International Center of Photography

Special thanks to the Royal Norwegian Consulate, New York.


June 20, 2023
6:30 pm