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The desire to belong to something is a fundamental part of human nature

August 16, 2017

Marias photographs are normally not planed. Wherever she goes she carries her camera with her. Her new photographs “State of Emergency” are however totally planned.

Maria spent a week alone in Iceland, with the intent to capture the Icelandic soul. Everyday she had to pass a corner with a sofa by the window to get to her room at her hostel. The light from the window changed the appearance of the corner during the cycles of day and night. The ever-changing light and the diverse landscape visible through the window in the corner, made her reflect on enormous impact the dramatic nature and the never ending unsettled land has on the icelandic inhabitants. Maria experienced that all Icelanders she spoke to threw long glances out at the surrounding nature while speaking like they totally fell out of the situation, to a place where she couldn’t reach them.

“The desire to belong to something is a fundamental part of human nature. Everyone needs to have interpersonal relationships in their lives. However, I have never felt the belongingness to nature in itself as strongly as I did through the people in Iceland. At the end of the week, I used a model by the window in the corner, trying to capture the beauty of this state”, Maria says.

Maria continues “The art work has been given the name ”State of Emergency”, inspired by Björk’s music piece “Jóga”, a sonic representation of the geographical beauty of her homeland. Björk calls it an ode to her native land and her best friend Jóga, with subtexts relating to emergency. A state that cannot be put into words, and which followed me wherever I went, both through Björk’s magic piece of music and from just being on the island”

photo art by Maria Prestmo, piqmo online gallery

State of Emergency by Maria Prestmo

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Lisa Swerling’s Glass Cathedrals housing miniatures figures

May 12, 2017

At the art fair in Hampstead London piQmo can see an obvious trend of small art boxes. Our neighboring stand is My life in art and they are exposing Lisa Swerling’s Glass Cathedrals comprise glass-fronted boxes housing with miniature figures.  We find them incredible entertaining and a big piece of humor in them. See a few of them below.

Lisa Swerling’s miniature figures.

Lisa Swerling’s Glass Cathedrals comprise glass-fronted boxes

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glass-fronted boxes housing miniature figures.

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Lisa Swerling’s Glass Cathedrals

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Lisa Swerling’s Glass Cathedrals

Konstbox från My life in art gallery


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icons in glas cubes by Alexandre Nicolas

January 25, 2017

piQmo saw this amazing contemporary French artist, Alexandre Nicolas, and his new artworks at Galerie Ariel Jakob in Paris.

We saw his latest art works in the series “inclusions” where he creates well known characters such as Jackie Kennedy, Yves Saint Lauren, Karl Lagerfeldt and many more in miniature and let them float in cubes. They are all fetuses as if it was predetermined that they would become icons already in their mothers belly. He makes them look static or frozen so that they give us viewers the status of contemporary icons already as fetuses. He wants the viewer to understand that these icons are products of our society.

His former Inclusions were super heroes from movies or comics such as Spiderman, Dart Wader, Batman and many more. Predetermined they are heroes already in the mothers belly, they are also destined to save or destroy the world.


Icons in photo: Jackie Kennedy and Yves Saint Laurent


icon Anna Winter


icon John Lennon


icon Karl Lagerfeld



icon Yves Saint Laurent

Infusions by Alexandre Nicolas. Icon: Marc Jacobs

Infusions by Alexandre Nicolas. Icon: Marc Jacobs













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Award winner photographer Mark Yashaev

January 13, 2017

Mark Yashaev was recently rewarded with The Lauren and Mitchell Presser Photography Award for young Isreali Artists. The exhibition, now exhibited at Tel Aviv Museum of Art, shows photos from his personal photographic archive with a mixture from the everyday life and the wondrous. 

His photography acknowledges the uncertainty of the photographic image. He undermines photography´s fundamental concept of a decisive, photographic moment. His work is twofold. Building an installation, taking photos of it, printing, installing the print in his studio and taking a photo of the photographed set, this time flattened.

So his first photo starts as two dimensional then becomes there dimensional and ends up as two dimensional again. “I wanted to raise more questions about creating, and searched for a rational, intellectual process that evolves to other practices such as sculpture and installation” Yashaev says in an interview about this work.

See more photos from Mark Yashhaev on his site here 

Only from this suddenness and on by Mark Yashaev

Only from this suddenness and on by Mark Yashaev

Only from this suddenness and on by Mark Yashaev

Only from this suddenness and on by Mark Yashaev

Only from this suddenness and on by Mark Yashaev

Only from this suddenness and on by Mark Yashaev

Only from this suddenness and on by Mark Yashaev

Only from this suddenness and on by Mark Yashaev

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celebrating the unbashed female expressions

October 6, 2016

To piQmo`s followers that are visiting or staying in L.A. between end of October until December, we strongly encourage you to go and see the exhibition “this Wicked tongue” held by Charlie James Gallery.  Among many emerging artists you can see work from Patricia D. Burns. The group exhibition is curated by Cindy Rehm and opens on Saturday, October 22 and runs through December 3rd.

The artists in This Wicked Tongue wants to celebrate the unabashed expressions of the female voices like the witches, hysterics, and angry feminists who have come before them. “Women should be seen and not heard” is the biblical script and it echoes even today, naming Hillary Clinton as one of those beeing critizised for beeing to shrill or overbearing.

This Wicked Tongue, Group Exhibition, Patricia Burns,

This Wicked Tongue, Group Exhibition L.A California

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photo of a screen became photo art

September 14, 2016
Fotograf Oleg Panomarev

Photographer Oleg Panomarev

I hade a great and exciting meeting with our new Russian photographer Oleg Ponomarev in St. Petersburg. The hour we had just passed to quickly. I could have stayed for another three hours listening to Oleg..

In retrospect, I feel really corny having these old fashion ideas of how a Russian photographer would look like and how he would  be dressed. In to our meeting point, at my hotell, came a young, modern and very cheerful Russian with twinkling eyes, anything but my old beliefs. After our hour together, I understood more of him and how young Russians think now a days. He carries an immense drive that he uses very skillfully with or perhaps through his camera. Not only does Olegs project “checkpoint”, that piqmo sell, have an interesting story he also has a number of completed and ongoing projects. One of them is “A village School” a project that National Geographic is about to publish. See these photographs further down.

The photographs and the story about “Checkpoint” was brought in to light by Lens Culture. This project required a lot of dubious contacts with security guards in St. Petersburg metro. Why? Well showing x-rays from travelers contents to outsiders and allowing an unknown documentary photographer to recieve photos of the x-rays is of course strictly prohibited. Still many security guards found it interesting and rallied behind Oleg´s project so the only practical option was to allow Oleg to take photos of the x-ray screens. Checkpoint is thus photo on a screen.
The project lasted for months and Oleg could receive unknown incoming calls at any time of day from a variety of security guards who wanted to show him a specific x-ray. Sometimes, he was assigned a certain time and a certain place where someone he did not know took him to places where they could show him x-rays. Oleg says it was like a detective work.

Eventually, he reached the amount and quality of x-rays to what he sought bring to light. His idea is to bring to us all a slap reminder of what our society looks like today. A highly insecure very secured society.. Politicians claim that societys security has never been better as today. Never have we had so many security controls, surveillance cameras and policemen and still the uncertainty among the population, regardless of where in the world we are, is increasing every day. The population does no longer feel that society can protect them and the result of that is that individuals acquire guns for protection.
This is the very sense of Olegs x-ray photo series. Please se more on the gallery.


Photographer Oleg Ponomarev and piQmo´s Paula Lidström



Another interesting and society-based projects that Oleg has done are “Mari people”. A dying minority from a small village in the middle of Russia. See more here

Oleg’s latest project is “A Village School”. This is a series of photographs, from a small village in Russia, with the intention to finally get politicians to build a school for the children. The photos has been published in National Geographic. The small village was promised a school for over 10 years. Since nothing happens Oleg decided to take matters in to his own hands by bringing the village and the children without a school in to light through his photographs.  Everyone can help by signing the petition.

A villiga school av fotograf Oleg Ponomarev

A villiga school by photographer Oleg Ponomarev

A villiga school av fotograf Oleg Ponomarev

A villige school by photographer Oleg Ponomarev



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photographer Maria Prestmo

March 30, 2016


Skjermbilde 2016-02-02 kl. 11.56.32Maria Presto, born 1976, is a Bergen-based photographer whose projects often reside in the realms between figuration and abstraction, between reality and dreams. In this regard her approach to photography is more similar to that of a painter. She also frequently collaborates with painter Marie Storaas as the artist duo “P.S”. Her passion for photography has followed her all the way through childhood, youth and her nine years of academic education. The camera has become her way of studying human behaviour and exploring different identities.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries and festivals; Banksmidja Galleri (Voss), Hydrogenfabrikken Kunsthall (Fredrikstad), Hardanger Musikkfest (Lofthus), B-Open (Bergen) and the old Astrup Fearnley Museet (Oslo) among others. March 2016 she is having her first solo show at Galleri Ramfjord (Oslo).


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photographer Marianne Bjørnmyr

March 23, 2016

Photographer Marianne Bjørnmyr, born 1986, lives and works in London, where she received her MA in Photography from London College of Communication in 2012. Her photographic practice is concerned around our perception of the photograph’s approach to reality; through her research she explores the phenomena of myth, and the photograph’s role in conveying objects and surroundings is set up against our understanding, interpretation and generated perception of imagery.

Marianne’s work has previously been exhibited internationally in galleries like the Foto8 Gallery, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Galleri Ramfjord and The AOP gallery, and she has earlier been awarded the Daniel Blau’s 5 under 30, First Prize at Juvenarte and the Jansons Scholarship amongst others.

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The sami heritage in Marianne Bjørnmyrs photo series “Korrasami Arbevierru”

March 23, 2016

This lovely photo is one from a whole series of photos by Marianne Bjørnmyrs is extra special to us Scandinavians and especially to all Norwegians where they are shoot. Mariannes photos reminds us of our beautiful heritage but also about how poorly preserved these traditions has been maintained by our state.

In these photos Bjørnmyr depicts the society of Coast Sami people in Northern Norway. With her photos we are allowed in to the everyday life of a society working to resore a culture nearly lost because of interference from the the Norwegian Government for decades. The photographs beautifully present the sami culture, and at the same time the brutality of the memories and struggle they are left with.

The Coast-Sami people have inhabited the coast of Northern Norway for thousands of years and have had a strong culture and traditions. In the mid 1800´s a modernisation and local expansion developed in the Coast-Sami culture, led by the Norwegian government. There was an interpretation and assumption of the Sami society as less ‘intelligent’ group that made the Norwegian state start working towards a ‘revolution’. This so called revolution or in other words ‘Norwegifying period’ continued for more than a 100 years. The government started controlling school systems and the everyday life by use of Social Darwinistic and race discriminating elements. The Norwegian state’s attempt to ‘modernise’ the community did not include the indigenous people’s own requests and views in the process and a vital part of the culture and traditions was simply deconstructed.

Throughout the 1990’s until present, large positive changes in the attitude towards the Sami language and culture have been seen. This has led to a wish from a large number of Coast-Sami people to restore their culture again; finding back old traditions. Today, several children have Sami as their first language and the Sami culture is a central part of the everyday life in local schools.

The Photo Series Korrasami Arbevierru touches our heart greatly. When you see the photographs you feel intimacy and for us Scandinavians they give us a longing for greater and deeper knowledge of our ancestral roots as Mariannes images so beautify gives us with her photographs.

The two in the picture are called Uhcca Hansa Risten and Uhcca Hansa Thommas. This particular photo is also named after the couple’s names. They are cousins dressed up nicely in their traditional Sami clothing on our way to celebrate his confirmation.

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Patricia Burns about her artistry incorporating sculptures into photographs

February 18, 2016
BearHead 1 by Patricia Burns

BearHead 1 by Patricia Burns


Bear Head was shot in the artist’s studio by the artist of the artist. Burns often uses the bear head in her practice.


Patricias work and the result of it is very rooted in a philosophy of feminism and the history of woman in art history and object and image making. She often questioning what it means to be an artist and a female

My work and the result of it is very rooted in a philosophy of feminism and the history of woman in art history and object and image making. I often am questing what does it mean to be an artist and a female? And how can I play with those ideas while dissecting it for myself and the viewer is some thing I am often turning over.  

I work in various mediums including sculpture, photography and performance.  I often incorporate my sculptures into my photographs, which in a way are a performance, but a performance that only takes place for me and the camera. For instance in one photo I have one sculpture of mine and I am balancing on a piece of wood extending myself from my sculpture. 

When working in the studio it is often through a series of failures that I finally am able to come up with the finished object or photo. My sculpture and photography both completely inform each other and have become completely dependent on one another to exist. I may come into the studio with an idea by most of the time it evolves and changes and rarely comes out like I had imagined and that can be the most exciting part for me.  I find chance has so much to do with the direction of my practice and almost “failing” in order to get the work to exist. 

The work definitely has feminine aspects for example the pink in the bear head photos is shocking pink. I find pink daring and alluring and full of mystery. It is also claiming power and that is something I try to convey in my work; that I am claiming space as my own.  I am not sure where the pink obsession started happening but it is definitely there and can’t be ignored. I also am heavily influenced by my dance and gymnastics training growing up and that is constantly influencing the way I use my body in my work and the gestural nature of my photographs and sculptures.

In my work I use familiar spaces and re-contextualize them to put the viewer off balance. I try to explore the limits of my body in space; my work is not narratively driven but rather seeks to create a charged space for myself and the viewer.  The work has a serious playfulness within the vastness that is the construction site, abandoned structure(s), hotel room, studio, or gallery. I want to evoke a precariousness and anxiety; creating a new level of awareness for the viewer by confronting them with objects and images that appear fragile, ephemeral, and at times dangerous. 

In using societal structures as a framework for my investigations within my photographs I seeks to destroy gender roles and paradigms that are limiting and discriminating, often promoting ideology that encourages women to be seen as nothing more than objects, both desirable and ornamental. In using humor I try to subvert archetypal female and male stereotypes.  

In terms of my background I am an American and studied in New York, Scotland, and California at various times during my college years and did graduate in California. Scotland was the place that stole my heart and I think gave me more of a “European” sensibility. I love the air, the weather, the people, and the energy of Scotland. Glasgow School of Art and University of Glasgow were an AMAZING place to be and fun and the student body is very diverse. I went and did a semester back in undergrad and was just learning what is meant to be an “artist.” I took figurative drawing and figurative sculpture at Glasgow School of Art. I think these both helped inform the influence of the body in my practice. Throughout the years I have taken numerous figurative drawing courses and have always loved the human form given that I was a dancer and gymnast.