Short bio

Jonatan Habib Engqvist

Jonatan Habib Engqvist is a curator and author with a background in Philosophy and Aesthetic theory. Editor of Ord&Bild from 2021, as well as editor in mischief of the online journal Curator of Éric van Hove’s first solo exhibition in Scandinavia, Fenduq at Vandalorum (Feb 2020 – March 2021) and co-curator of Lundhahl & Seitl's first solo exhibtion, Monograph I and Monograph II at Norrtälje konsthall, Sweden.

He founded and directed Curatorial Residency In Stockholm, CRIS in 2015-2020 and was artistic director of Nya Småland on commission by four regional art museums and a university including the first edition of the triennial (2016-2020).  Engqvist has previously curated a number of international biennales and festivals including the 5th Project Biennial of Contemporary Art D-0 ARK Underground, the VR Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale (2019). 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). Formerly project manager for visual art at Iaspis (2009-2014), curator at Moderna Museet (2008-09) and employed at The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm (2005-07).

His writing has been published widely in several languages in publications and catalogues around the world. 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.

Contact: jonatan [at]

Image by Christer Lundahl. Installation by Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir a.k.a Shoplifter and Zhala, Momentum 8, Tunnel vision, Moss, Norway, 2015

Larger on-going projects:


Curatorial Residency In Stockholm is run in collaboration with the Nordic Art Assoication, Sweden NKF (SE). Since 2015.

Nya Småland

An international and inter-regional art project, since 2016. Nya Småland is supported by The Swedish Arts Council, The Region of Jönköping County, Region Kronoberg, Regional Council of Kalmar County.


(Art Backwards) is an on-line journal edited by and founded together with Lars-Erik Hjerström Lappalainen and Annika von Hausswolff. tsnoK is an attempt to write about art and to perform criticism in a different way.