IKEA ART EVENT 2016

A photo studio with different posters hanging on the wall.
IKEA ART EVENT 2016 - LIMITED EDITION
ART PHOTOGRAPHY
This April IKEA presents Art Photography – a limited edition collection of 11 posters by 11 contemporary artists from around the world. For a few spring weeks IKEA turns into the world’s largest public gallery making it possible for everyone to invest in great art – at an equally great price.
Welcome to IKEA Art Photography!
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A picture of the French photographer Mathieu César with one of his posters.
“IKEA Art Event is about making great art accessible to everyone. We want to make it possible to create a home with art as a natural part – and we want the art pieces to be unique as well as affordable”
Henrik Most
Creative Leader at IKEA of Sweden.

Meet the artists
A picture of the British photographer Mandy Barker with one of her posters.
Mandy Barker is a photographer on a mission. With her equally beautiful and disturbing images she tells the story of a marine environment that’s literally drowning in plastic debris:
“I don’t want to raise guilt but I hope to create an awareness.”
For the IKEA piece Mandy used debris from six oceans and six different continents around the world, displayed in different layers on a black background.
“It gives the impression of a universe, an almost hidden world under the sea, using the accumulation of plastic debris you find there.”
Born in Hull, UK, in 1964
Lives in Leeds, UK
Mandy Barker
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A poster with a colourful motif on a black background.

Mathieu César
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A poster with a black and white motif.
A picture of the French photographer Mathieu César with one of his posters.
Mathieu César is known as the man who’s redefined the alluring celebrity portrait. Since he started out, countless actors, musicians and models have been immortalized in his typical stark black and white style.
“The black and white photo has a timeless quality that I love.”
The piece Mathieu brings to IKEA Art Photography is all about contrast. Although it’s one of the first pictures he ever made, he still loves this particular piece:
“It represents my whole universe and the person I am really well.”
Born in Suresnes, France, in 1987
Lives in Paris, France

Bobby Doherty
A picture of the American photographer Bobby Doherty with one of his posters.
Bobby Doherty spends hours and hours browsing markets for everyday objects that he can transform into the main attractions in his powerfully stylized, kind of surreal, images.
“When I find an object interesting I start thinking about where it might work for me and what sort of tension I can create.”
That’s also the story behind the piece he brings to IKEA Art Photography:
“I found this bread and was kind of taken aback. I just thought it looked really uncanny and I wanted to play at that. I like trying to make things look just short of unrealistic.”
Born in Brewster, NY, USA, in 1989
Lives in New York City, USA
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A poster with a bread motif.

Nathalia Edenmont
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A poster with a colourful motif.
A picture of the Ukrainian photographer Nathalia Edenmont with one of her posters.
Nathalia Edenmont is the happiest when she’s dressing up a model in 90 boxes of grapes or gluing thousands of butterfly wings to a piece of cardboard.
“That’s when I feel truly alive. I like things to be difficult. If it’s too easy I lose my drive.”
It took her almost eight months to finish her collage Force of Nature, now a part of IKEA Art Photography. Eight months of placing butterfly wings in the exact right spot before photographing the result with her large format camera.
“Many of the butterflies have been hidden away in boxes for half a century. This way they get to live again, forever.”
Born in 1970 in Yalta, Ukraine
Lives in Stockholm, Sweden

Jill Greenberg
A picture of the Canadian photographer Jill Greenberg with one of her posters.
By taking pictures while she paints on a small glass painter’s palette, Jill Greenberg has brought photography and painting together in an all-new way. She works under the skylights of her studio – the sky above and the architectural structure of the windows are reflected in the wet paint. When she takes pictures, which she does after nearly every brushstroke or added drop of water, the magic happens.
“I’m painting with light, really. In that sense each piece from the Paintings collection is time-based. It wouldn’t look like this at any other moment.”
Born in Montreal, Canada, in 1967
Lives in New York City, USA
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A poster with a colourful motif.

Annika von Hausswolff
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A poster with a young girl talking on the phone.
A picture of the Swedish photographer Annika von Hausswolff with one of her posters.
Through staged photography – a platform she always returns to no matter how many detours she makes – Annika von Hausswolff invites the onlooker to a world somewhere between documentary and fiction. The piece for IKEA Art Photography, with its two spaces made up by the girl in the centre and the merely suggested surrounding room, is in many ways characteristic of her imagery.
It took five shoots before Annika was completely happy:
“I’m never careless with an image. I spend a lot of time on my work and I invest a lot of emotions – a lot of myself – in them.”
Born in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1967
Lives in Gothenburg, Sweden

Tanya Long
A picture of the American photographer Tanya Long with one of her posters.
Tanya Long doesn’t call herself a photographer, rather an artist working with photography. She’s interested in reducing photography to its essence: light and time.
“How much can you remove and still call it a photograph? I don’t use a camera or negatives. I work in a colour darkroom, without safety light.”
Her art triggers all kinds of reactions.
”I’m addressing the standards, breaking all the rules.”
Tanya’s piece for IKEA Art Photography is from a work called And Blue and was made by rolling photo paper into cone shapes and exposing them multiple times to different coloured light.
Born in New York, USA. in 1981
Lives in Eindhoven, NL
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A poster with a colourful motif.

Chad Moore
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A poster with a girl seen from behind.
A picture of the American photographer Chad Moore with one of his posters.
Chad Moore’s work is all about capturing life and youth in the city that inspires him the most – New York.
“I think there is a real difference between taking a staged picture and taking a picture where the people in it are genuine in their emotions and in what they are experiencing”, he says.
The image of his friend Anna was taken just before Chad left Tampa Bay for New York. At the time Chad, who always shoots on 35 mm film, was experimenting with an in-camera double exposure process for the first time.
“This image was the first and the best on that roll and it has remained one of my favourites ever since.”
Born in Tampa Bay, Florida, in 1987
Lives in New York City, USA

Bára Prášilová
A picture of the Czech photographer Bára Prášilová with one of her posters.
Bára Prášilová always looks for the light. Regardless of the topic her images are characterised by a playfulness that reflects her own view on life:
“Sometimes a sense of humor is the only way to cope.”
Bára is also a passionate prop maker. When she couldn’t find a skirt with the right kind of dots for the IKEA piece, she made the dots herself – just as she made a wire construction and mounted it inside the skirt.
“The aim with this picture is to show the wildness of women – in a joyful, sunny way.”
Born in Cheb, Czech Republic, in 1979
Lives in Prague, Czech Republic
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A poster with a colourful motif.

Rankin
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A poster with a hand motif.
A picture of the British photographer Rankin with one of his posters.
Rankin has portrayed more supermodels, movie stars and musicians than most.
Behind all he does is the genuine love of photography as a means of communication.
“I love what I do and I’m very lucky to get to do it.”
The image for IKEA Art Photography is from the series So far so sexy, shot in a mock-leather sofa in Rankin’s old Dazed & Confused office.
“A lot of my work is about trying to analyse stuff and be humorous about it. So far so sexy is a pastiche of a genre, this documentary style image making, that was successful around the turn of the millennium ”
Born in Paisley, UK, in 1966
Lives in London, UK

®obin
A picture of the French illustrator Pascal Gindre, also known as Robin, with one of his posters.
Originally an illustrator, Pascal Gindre, alias ®obin, has around 70 children’s books and a large number of cartoons under his belt. To incorporate photography into his work is his way of discovering reality:
“It’s about showing the beauty of light, of nature.”
®obin first started drawing the little people, Skuggis, just for fun and for himself:
“When I like an image I can see where there can be a Skuggis – on a leaf, hiding, sleeping, taking a bath.”
Born in Villiers-le-Bel, France, in 1969
Lives in Paris, France
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A poster with small drawn figures called Skuggis.

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