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Jonatan Habib Engqvist

Curator and writer


Jonatan Habib Engqvist is an internationally active curator and theorist based in Sweden.


With a background in Philosophy and Aesthetic theory, he was curator of the VR Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale, co-curator of the 5th Project Biennial of Contemporary Art D-0 ARK Underground, Do secret services dream of a museum? with Basak Senova and Branko Franceschi, and is currently artistic director of New Småland on commission by 4 regional art museums and a university together with Mike Bode (2016-2020).

Engqvist manages Curatorial Residency In Stockholm and is editor in mischief of the online journal He has curated a number of international biennales and festivals including Cycle Music and Art Festival Berlin/Reykjavík/Koparvogur (2018), Survival Kit 9 in Riga, Latvia, Sinopale 6, Sinop, Turkey (2017), Tunnel Vision, the 8th Momentum biennale in Moss, Norway (2015) and (I)ndependent People, the visual art focus of Reykjavík Arts Festival (2012).

Previously project manager for visual art at Iaspis (2009-2014), curator at Moderna Museet (2008-09) and The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm (2005-07). He has written in numerous publications and catalogues.

Books include: Big Dig – Om passivitet och samtidskonst, CLP Works, 2018, Studio Talks: Thinking Through Painting, Arvinius+Orfeus Publishing, 2014, In Dependence – Collaboration and Artists´ initiatives, Torpedo Press, 2013, Work, Work, Work – A Reader on Art and Labour, Steinberg Press, 2012, Dharavi: Documenting Informalities, KKH, 2008, Academic Foundation, New Delhi 2009.


(Art Backwards) with Lars-Erik Hjerström Lappalainen and Annika von Hausswolff

Nya Småland

Interregional project on commision from 4 art institutions and a university

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