INGVAR KENNE (b.1965 in Sweden)

He studied Photography Bachelor of Arts at the University of Gothenburg between 1988-1991.

In 1992, the year after completing his studies, Kenne had a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art in Borås, Sweden [On The Side Of I], and published his first monograph – On The Side [Tidens Förlag, Sweden, 1992]. An exhibition of this work toured regional art galleries over a two year period. Soon after Kenne embarked on several journeys around the globe.

The culmination was a two and a half years around the world trip on motorcycle between 1994-1996, resulting in his second monograph – Chasing Summer. [Bird Press, 2004]. Paul Theroux wrote the foreword.

In 2005 at the Cannes Lions festival, for an inaugural event called “New Photographers – The Hottest Talent Of Tomorrow”, Kenne was selected as one of 31 photographers worldwide, to be exhibited and discussed during a seminar. That exhibition toured Europe and showed in New York.

His work has been exhibited in countries including England, France, Spain, Sweden, Italy, USA, Croatia,and Australia. Kenne is alsoa a recipient of several Fellowship Grants from the Arts Council of Sweden.

In 2009 he won the National Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, Australia, with a photograph of his sons Cormac and Callum. He has now been selected seven times out of a total of twelve, since its inauguration.
He was runner up in the prestigious Moran Photographic Prize in 2009 – at the time the world’s richest photographic prize.

In 2012 Kenne’s solo show CITIZEN opened at the National Portrait Gallery in conjunction with a book launch – CITIZEN is his third portrait monograph. [Au.thentic Press, 2012].

The exhibition has subsequently toured five capital cities in Australia.

In 2019 he was included in final selection for the Bowness Prize at Monash Gallery for the 4th time.

Kenne’s fourth monograph was released two years ago – The Hedgehog And The Foxes [ P PRESS, 2015]. His fifth book – The Ball (Journal, Sweden) was launched during Paris Photo in 2018. The project was included as a solo exhibition during FORMAT19 festival in Derby, UK in 2019.

In 2020 he had three portraits selected to the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in London, UK.

Kenne divides his time between Sydney and New York.

 

EDUCATION

1988-1991 Bachelor of Fine Arts
The University of Photography, Gothenburg, Sweden

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 The Ball, FORMAT festival, Derby, England
2015 The Hedgehog And The Foxes, Lowroad Gallery, Sydney
2013 CITIZEN – Portraits 1997-2012, Queensland Centre of Photography, Brisbane
2013 CITIZEN – Portraits 1997-2012, Maunsell Wickes at Barry Stern Gallery, Sydney
2013 CITIZEN – Portraits 1997-2012, Perth Centre of Photography, Perth
2013 CITIZEN – Portraits 1997-2012, Edmund Pearce Gallery, Melbourne
2012/2013 CITIZEN – Portraits 1997-2012, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2012 New Landscapes, Maunsell Wickes at Barry Stern Gallery, Sydney
2011 Proceeding, Xavier Arts Space, Sydney
2009 Landscapes Deconstructed, Prince of Wales, Sydney
2009 Sunshine, Rex Irwin Gallery, Sydney
2009 Proceeding, The Kitchen, Sydney
2007 Landscapes Deconstructed, Saatchi & Saatchi Galleries, Sydney
2007 Portraits, The Kitchen, Sydney
2004 Chasing Summer, Australian Centre of Photography, Sydney
2001 Anni’s Wardrobe, Photo Technica Exhibition Space, Sydney
1998 Roadside, Stockholm Culture House, Sweden
1994/95 Poor Lonesome Cowboy, Galleri Koch, Stenungsund, Sweden
1992 On The Side of I, Museum of Modern Art, Borås, Sweden
1991/92 Vid Sidan Av (On The Side), Stockholm Culture House, Sweden
1991 Vid Sidan Av (On The Side), Gothenburg State Library, Sweden
1991 Vid Sidan Av (On The Side), Angered Culture House, Sweden
1991 Vid Sidan Av (On The Side), Frølunda Culture House, Sweden
1989 Fragment, Culture Bagaregården, Gothenburg, Sweden

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020 The Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize (3 works), National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
2019 The Look, National Portrait Gallery (Old Parliament House), Canberra
2019 National Photographic Portrait Prize, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, NSW
2019 National Photographic Portrait Prize, Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, WA
2019 National Photographic Portrait Prize, Collie Art Gallery, WA
2019 Express Yourself, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville
2019/2020 ELECTRIC!, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2019 National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2018 The Ball, Helsinki Photo Festival, Finland
2018 CITIZEN, Fest Foto, porto Alegre, Brazil, Canberra
2018 Express Yourself, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2017 NEW CITIZEN, Organ Vida Photo Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia
2017 Nick Cave Smoking, Ace Hotel/Lethal Amount Gallery, Los Angeles
2017 Life Framers Award, Clamp Art Gallery, New York, USA
2017 National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2016 Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast Art Gallery, Gold Coast
2016 Duo Percival Photographic Prize, Pinnacles Gallery, Townsville
2015 Olive Cotton Award, Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah
2014 Photo Independent, Raleigh Studios, Los Angeles, USA
2014 Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
2014 The Naked And The Nude, Black Eye Gallery, Sydney
2014 Salon Show, Galerie Pavlova, Berlin, Germany
2014 The HumanEnvironment, The Glue Society Studios, Sydney
2014 Hijacked 2, UNO Art Space, Stuttgart, Germany
2013 REDUX – POOL Collective, Black Eye Gallery, Sydney
2013 Art & About, Sydney Life, Hyde Park, Sydney
2013 The Olive Cotton Award, Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah
2013 Private View – POOL Collective, Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney
2013 Photographic Portrait Prize, Griffith Art Gallery, Griffith
2012 Photographic Portrait Prize, Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
2012 Art & About, Sydney Life, Hyde Park, Sydney
2012 Blow Up, Hazelhurst Gallery, Sydney
2012 Photographic Portrait Prize, Glasshouse Gallery, Port Macquarie
2012 Hijacked 2, Zephyr, Mannheim, Germany
2012 Photographic Portrait Prize, Moree Plains Gallery, Moree
2012 Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2011 Blow Up, Fleet Steps, Sydney
2011 AU.THENTIC, TAIT, Sydney
2011 CLIP Awards, Perth Centre of Photography, Perth
2011 The POOL Collective Show, Gallery 88, Sydney
2011 The Olive Cotton Award, Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah
2011 Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast Art Gallery, QLD
2011   Hijacked 2, John Curtin Gallery, Perth
2011   Hijacked 2, The Anne and Gordon Samstag, Museum, Adelaide
2010 Photographic Portrait Prize, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
2011   Hijacked 2, Queensland College of Arts, Brisbane
2010/2011   Hijacked 2, Monash Gallery of Arts, Melbourne
2010 Photographic Portrait Prize, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga
2010 The Fade, Paper Mill Gallery, Sydney (Highly Commended, curated by Bill Henson)
2010   Hijacked 2, National Art School, Canberra
2010 Photographic Portrait Prize, Bathurst Regional Gallery, Bathurst
2010   Hijacked 2, Australian Centre of Photography, Sydney
2010   Art Show, MCM House, Sydney
2010   Meet me in the Square, The Black Room, Sydney
2010 Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast Art Gallery, QLD
2010 Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2010 Photographic Portrait Prize, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane
2009/2010 Photographic Portrait Prize, Gladstone Regional Gallery, Qld
2009 WORK, Prince of Wales, Sydney
2009 Bowness Photography Prize, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
2009 Photographic Portrait Prize, Noosa Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2009 Art & About, Sydney Life, Hyde Park, Sydney
2009 Portraits +Architecture, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2009 Keddies Pastoral Photographic Prize, Murrurundi Arts Council, NSW
2009 The Olive Cotton Award, Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah
2009 Photographic Portrait Prize, Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland, Qld
2009 Photographic Portrait Prize, Lake Macquarie Gallery, NSW
2009 Design on a Dime, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York
2009 HEADS, Rex Irwin Gallery, Sydney
2009 WINNER, Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2009 Highly Commended, Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, State Library, Sydney
2008 Inagural Exhibition New Building, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2008 Focus On Footy, Crown Casino, Melbourne, Australia
2008 Exposition Initiatives Oceanes, Casino de Biarritz, Biarritz, France
2007/2008 Photographic Portrait Prize (Inagural), National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2007 Bear & Breakfast, BO Gallery, Paris, France
2007 The Olive Cotton Award, Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah
2007 Projection, Federation Square, Melbourne
2007 Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast Art Gallery, QLD
2007 Signature, Daylesford FOTO Biennale, Victoria
2006 Australian Visit, Museum of National History, Frederiksborg, Denmark
2005 Glossy 2, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2005 Art & About, Sydney Life, Hyde Park, Sydney
2005 The Olive Cotton Award, Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah
2005 New Photographers  – The Hottest Talent of Tomorrow, Meribel, France
2005 New Photographers  – The Hottest Talent of Tomorrow, Fotomuseum, Antwerp, Holland
2005 New Photographers  – The Hottest Talent of Tomorrow, Cannes Lions Advertising 05, France (A worldwide selection of 30 Photographers )
2004 Josephine Ulrick National Portrait Prize, Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah
2004 Art & About, Sydney Life, Hyde Park, Sydney
2004 Trampoline – Contemporary Photographers Screening, Valhalla Cinema, Sydney
2003/04 positive/negative, AUS Aid travelling group exhibition – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin; 2004-06 touring regional Australia.
2003 International Encounters, Best Of #41 – #53, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, COLORS magazine
2003 Communities, Fotografia Festival Internazionale, Rome, Italy, COLORS magazine
2003 Madness, Photo Espana Festival, Madrid, Spain, COLORS magazine
2003 no more than I know, Australian Centre for Photography
2003 Ulric Shubert Photographic Art Award Selection, Gold Coast Arts Centre
2003 Shoot The Chef, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
2002 Shoot The Chef, The Opera House, Sydney
1990 Stål&Fjarilar, Museum of Modern Art, Gothenburg, Sweden
1990 Carlsson/Kenne/Ohman, Culture Bagaregården, Gothenburg, Sweden
1989 No Title, Museum of Modern Art, Gothenburg, Sweden  1988 24, Prince Oskar, Skovde, Sweden
1987 Swedish Light, Prince Oskar, Skovde, Sweden

 

BOOKS – MONOGRAPHS

2018 The Ball, JOURNAL, Sweden
2014 The Hedgehog And The Foxes, PP
2012 CITIZEN portraits 1997-2012, Au.Thentic Press
2004 Chasing Summer, BIRD PRESS
1992 Vid Sidan Av, Tidens Førlag, Sweden

FILM

2013 The Hedgehog And The Foxes, Finalist at Endeavours Docoumentary FilmFest, Singapore

 

GRANTS/AWARDS

2013 WINNER Headon Momento PhotoBook Award –  Overall Winner and Best Portrait Book
2013 WINNER PDN Photo Annual –  Photo book category for CITIZEN
2011 Highly Commended, The Olive Cotton Award, Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah
2009 WINNER, Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2008 Photo Book Now, Honourable Mention
2005 New Photographers  – The Hottest Talent of Tomorrow, Cannes Lions Advertising 05, France (A worldwide selection of 30 Photographers )
1994 Photographic Book Grant, Writers Council of Sweden
1993 2 year Work Grant, Arts Council of Sweden
1991 1 year Work Grant, Arts Council of Sweden