Six Questions

Six Questions: Hanna Ljungh

Tique | art paper asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Hanna Ljungh.

Artist Hanna Ljungh
Lives in Stockholm
Website http://www.hannaljungh.com/

How do you describe your own art practice?

I would describe my art practice as conceptual but with a very close relationship to the material and corporeal.

Hanna Ljungh - Curiosity Cabinet (boron 10 mg): You, me, rock, mountain-commodities of the quantified universe (Imapct Crater) 
Photo: Helene Tedesjö Moderna Museet

Which question or theme is central in your work?

The relationship between the human and so called non-human is a central and recurring theme in my work. And how we deal with this in the present and historically. I keep coming back to this in different ways over and over again.

Hanna Ljungh - Phantoms (Kirunavaara), magnetite pigment on paper
Photo: Anna Bohman Gallery

What was your first experience with art?

I think my first experience with art was looking at paintings in my grandmother’s house and hearing her talk about them. But at the time I didn’t see them as art but more as stories I think.

Hanna Ljungh - Curiosity Cabinet (molybdenium 9 mg): You, me, rock, mountain-commodities of the quantified universe (Mineral Seeds)
Photo: Helene Tedesjö Moderna Museet

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Probably the shifting boundaries between myself and everything else. I am really interested in boundaries both on a corporeal level and in a more philosophical and political sense.

Curiosity Cabinets in the exhibition Sensing Nature from Within at Moderna Museet Malmö 
Photo: Helene Tedesjö Moderna Museet

What do you need in order to create your work?

My own space or studio in combination with input from the world outside that space. This input varies, it can be books, films, facts, nature, industrial sites or a certain material or mineral. People are needed sometimes too.

Hanna Ljungh - Curiosity Cabinet (coal 10,4 kg): You, me, rock, mountain-commodities of the quantified universe (Coal Trinity)
Photo: Helene Tedesjö Moderna Museet

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

I was really struck by a book that I have been wanting for a long time and now found on ebay. It is a book by the French sociologist and philosopher Roger Caillois who was also a collector of stones. The book is called ’L’écriture des Pierres’. It is beautiful and a truly inspiring.

Hanna Ljungh - Curiosity Cabinet (iron 115 kg): You, me, rock, mountain-commodities of the quantified universe (Kiruna)
Photo: Anna Bohman Gallery

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Tique | publication on contemporary art #3: Six Questions