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Hannah Modigh



Exhibition view, Hannah Modigh, “Delta“, 2019, © FOTOHOF

Hannah Modigh is one of Sweden’s rising photographers. Through her sensitive, poetic essays and photobooks of crisis-ridden places in the USA − be it small towns plagued by drugs in the Appalachian Mountains (Hillbilly Heroin, Honey) or the impoverished areas of Louisiana (Hurricane Season) or through portraits of Swedish youths in search of identity (Milky Way) − Modigh attracted international attention.
Hannah Modigh’s recent work, entitled “Delta“, will be shown at FOTOHOF: it will be her first solo show in Austria. “Delta“ consists of an extensive series of small-format and intimate photographs; Modigh has searched in recent years for traces representing the presence of an “absence“.

“Some branches continue, some dry out, the traces left behind. This is how we float, like a delta. My grandmother was 100 years old when she died, shortly thereafter my child was born. The feeling that death was replaced with life and the course of generation became apparent. “Delta“ is about time, I have been for five years obsessed by taking pictures of time. I have searched for traces depicting the presence of an absence, where life and death vibrates under a fragile border towards the outside world. I want to convey the silence of things that are not said, everyday situations with a death awareness sounding them.“


Hannah Modigh, from the series: “Delta“, 2014 – 19
Hannah Modigh, from the series: “Delta“, 2014 – 19

The photobook Delta (Editions Bessards, Paris), will be published and presented during the show at FOTOHOF. The exhibition is a cooperation project with the Gallery of Photography in Dublin, Ireland, where Delta will be shown in March 2020.

Portrait: Hannah Modigh, 2019, © Herman Seidl