Ingvar Kenne / Citizen / February 13 – March 09 2013


Swedish-born Australian photographer, Ingvar Kenne, captures both individuality and shared human experience in his ongoing portrait project Citizen. This collection of striking portraits was taken between 1997-2011 across Australia, USA, China, Laos and Papua New Guinea. In Citizen, we meet a nun, prostitute, factory worker, famous actors, tribal members and more. By applying the same photographic parameters and treating each of his sitters as equal, Kenne creates an intimate collective of what he refers to as ‘fellow man’. It is this notion that reminds us that our unique experience of life is something that we all share.

Born in Stenungsund, Sweden, Kenne completed the Photography Bachelor of Arts at the University of Gothenburg in 1991, with his debut solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Borås, Sweden the following year. Since that time his work has been exhibited worldwide including galleries in England, France, Spain, Sweden, Italy and Australia. In 2009 he won the National Photographic Portrait Prize at NPG in Canberra. He was also runner up in the prestigious Moran Photographic Prize the same year.

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Press / Media:
ABC Radio National, Books and Arts Daily, Tuesday 12 February 2013
Dan Rule, In the Galleries, The Age – March 2, 2013
Robert Nelson, Shiny Plates leave you Scratching your Head, The Age March 6, 2013