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Jonatan Habib Engqvist

Jonatan Habib Engqvist is a curator and theorist with a background in philosophy and aesthetic theory. He was previously the project man-ager for visual art at Iaspis (2009–14) and curator at Moderna Museet (2008–9), and worked at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm (2005–7). He manages Curatorial Residency in Stockholm, is editor-in-mis-chief of the online journal tsnoK.se and has curated a number of large international exhibitions, including Survival Kit 9, Riga, Latvia (2017); Sinopale 6, Sinop, Turkey (2017); Tunnel Vision, Momentum Biennial 8, Moss, Norway (2015); and (I)ndependent People, Reykjavík Arts Festival (2012). His writing is frequently published in catalogues and art books including In Dependence — Collaboration and Artists’ Initiatives; Work, Work, Work — A Reader on Art and Labour; and Dharavi: Documenting Informalities.


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