Cv. Helga Härenstam


Born: 1980. Lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden
(For documentation and links see website – NEWS)



Upcoming & Ongoing exhibitions 2019:

8/2- 10/3
Published- Photobooks in Sweden. Centrum för fotografi. Stockholm.

Here’s looking at you. Sven Harrys konstmuseum. Stockholm.

Published books:

In Waiting for What is to Come, 2018. Helga Härenstam, Journal publisher.
Sunshine & Shadow,
2016. By Helga Härenstam, Sailor Press.
En bok om en bild
, 2015. By Helga Härenstam and Olle Essvik, Rojal publisher.
Valentines Day and other scenes, 2015. Helga Härenstam, Rojal publisher.
Stories for an 87 year old lady, 2013. Helga Härenstam, Journal publisher.
A demonstration of the sign of the horns, 2010. Multiple.
The Looking Glass Photos, 2009. Helga Härenstam.

Exhibitions – a selection:

”Innan vi Glömmer/ Before we forget”, Göteborgs konsthall. 2018.
(Solo exhibition)Museum of work, ”In Waiting for What is to Come”. Norrköping  2018.
Avesta art ,”Memories from a Stranger”. Avesta  2018.
Deed- Photography from the Collection of the Gothenburg Museum of Art 2016.
Department of Psychology (from the collection of the Public Art Agency Sweden) Gothenburg 2016.
(Solo exhibition) Gallery 54, ”Memories from a Stranger/ Minnen från en främling” Gothenburg 2015.
(Solo exhibition) Jönköpings läns museum ”Memories from a Stranger”, 2015.
Bohusläns museum, ”Dreamscape”, Bohuslän 2014.
(Solo exhibition) Kulturhuset, Stockholm 2014.
(Solo exhibition) Ebelingmuseet, Eskilstuna 2013.
(Solo exhibition) CFF / Center for photography,   ”Stories for an 87 year old lady”, Stockholm 2012.
Kulturhuset, ”Supermarket art fair”, Stockholm 2012.
Finnish museum of photography, Helsinki 2012.
(Solo exhibition) Silvénska galleriet, Säffle 2012.
Hasselblad center, ”From the collections”, Gothenburg 2012.
Gothenburg art Museum, ”From the collections”, Gothenburg 2012.
(Solo Exhibition) Rummet, Galleri format, Malmö 2012.
(Solo Exhibition) Gallery Nordens ljus, Stockholm 2012.
Seoul photo fair 2009, Seoul.
Karlskrona konsthall, ”Fotografi nu”. 2012.
Seoul international photography festival, Seoul 2009.
Hippolyte studio, Helsinki 2009.
Liljevalchs konsthall, ”Vårsalongen”, Stockholm 2009.
La Bellevilloise, ”Jeune creation- art contemporian”, Paris 2007.
Norrköpings art museum, Norrköping 2007.
Centrum för fotografi, ”Fotografi- nu”, Stockholm 2007.
Centre de photographie de Lectoure, Lectoure 2007.
Hasselblads Center, ”New Nordic photography”, Gothenburg 2006.
Photo fair, Factory, Nacka Strand, Stockholm 2006.
Fiber gallery, Gothenburg 2006.
Gallery edition Copenhagen, Copenhagen 2006.
Doga-Norweigen museum of design and architecture, Oslo 2006.
Gallery Doktor Glas, Stockholm 2006.

Working experiences – a selection:

Board member CFF, Centre for photpgraphy since 2018.

Member of one of the Swedish arts Council’s workgroups, “art works and cartoons”, since 2018. http://www.kulturradet.se/en/In-English/

Senior lecturer at HDK (Visual arts, Univercity of Gotheburg) since 2013
Lecturer in visual art/workshops at  Valand academy, Yrgo photography school, Art college in Gothenburg since 2010
Board member of BOX, an artist driven gallery in Göteborg,  2014-2015.

Represented at – a selection:

Public Art Agency Sweden
Swedish Association for Art
Gothenburg art museum, Gothenburg
Hasselblad center, Gothenburg
Nordhems konst and design, Gothenburg
Various private collections

Selected Grants – a selection:

Hasselblad foundation photo book grant (2017)
Project grant from the  Swedish arts grants committee (2017)
Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse ( 2015)
2 Year working grant from the  swedish arts grants committee (2013)
Project grant from the  Swedish arts grants committee ( 2011)
Residency at HIAP,  Helsinki international artist in residency program (2011)
1 Year working grant from the  Swedish arts grants committee


Artist talks/Lectures – a selection:
Stockholm (2013-2017)
Konstfack, Galleri Kontrast, Kulturama, Centrum för fotografi, Kulturhuset

Gothenburg (2007-2017)
Göteborgs konsthall, Hasselbladscenter, Gallery54, A-venue- Fotobok GBG 15, ”Pecha mucha”- Swedish Association of Professional Photographers

Other (2009-2013)
Bohusläns museum, Hippolyte gallery Finland, Seoul international Photography festival Seoul/Korea, Platform 09 (Portfolio viewing) Fotomuseum Winterthur, Ebelingmuseet Eskilstuna.

Other appearances / reviews – a selection:
(For documentation and links see website – news)


Culture documentary, 31/5-17. P1, SR
Culture documentary ”Bilden blicken, Marie Louise och träden” 26/10-15. P1, SR
Review of the book ”Stories for a 87 year old lady” 5/12-12, P1, SR
Interview, ”Stories for a 87 year old lady ”, 17/3-12, Radio Stockholm
Interview, Dreamscape, 22/3-13, P1, Kulturnytt, SR


Review of the book ”Stories for a 87 year old lady” 17/1-13 SVT
Review of the book ”Stories for a 87 year old lady” UR Kunskapskanalen
(Gothenburg Book fair 2012)
Heart to heart, 22/12-08, Arirang tv

Magazines / books / blogs- a selection

Swedish Photography Fine Art magazine Verk, 1/16
Review of the book ”En bok om en bild”, 15/12-15. Konstvärlden (Magazine )
Interviewed on the blog ”Kollektivet Mabel”, 1/12-15
Review of the exhibition ”Memories from a Stranger” 31/1-15. Jönköpingsposten
Interview, Galleri 54: https://vimeo.com/123937327 2/4-15
Photographic archive (blog), 5/5-14
Konstsperpektiv (Magazine) 1/9-13
Review of the book ”Stories for a 87 year old lady” Foto (Magazine ), nr 3-13.
Interview, kulturhuset, vimeo. 17/4-13
Review of the book ”Stories for a 87 year old lady” Fotografisk tidskrift nr 6-12
”The Cinema makers”, Anna Schober, Intellect book UK, 2012
Interview by Anssi Koskinen ( Photo Art Talk- Finland) 14/5-12
Foams magazine, ”A book of beds”, 5/5-11
Interview Photonet, Korea 11/09.
Cap & design (Magazine ) 2/08.
Svenska dagbladet. 1/08


University of Photography, Master exam, Gothenburg
2003- 2006
University Of Photography, Bachelor exam, Gothenburg
Kulturama, Photography and digital image program, Stockholm
University of Umeå, Course in contemporary art, Umeå