Born 1973 in Stockholm, Sweden
Lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.

For Martina Hoogland Ivanow photography means working with the unconscious, with the technique, but also with reality. In her images, she seeks to create a room for the viewer, rather than asking questions instead of providing the answers.

The photographic process is based on non-linear documentation of social structures and has become an exploration of different behavior patterns and how the self relates to the world. An interest in opposites and human relationships is common to both new as well as earlier works.

Martina Hoogland Ivanow´s images are a visual meditation on distance, both physical and emotional, of closeness to a subject and remoteness from a place. This focus is always apparent in her gorgeous and mysterious photographs in which she often uses dark contrasts.

Martina Hoogland Ivanow´s pictures are visual poetry, now and then keeping hold of a strophe, captured in shadows and fog. The dark, mesmerizing aesthetic of her images conveys a heightened presence, real and simultaneously poetic. 

Far too close




Early Reading









Circular Wait




Elephant and Castle

Publisher: Kningdisk 2011

Elephant & Castle is a musical work created by composers Matti Bye and Mattias Olsson. It is a journey through forgotten landscapes and a visit to an abandoned amusement park, to the sounds of an underwater orchestra playing broken barrel organs and strange instruments from a sunken ship.

The album was created in relation to the photographic work of Martina Hoogland Ivanow. Her images were used for inspiration during the recording sessions, as a visual partition for the music.The result is presented in a stunningly beautiful box with a vinyl record, a phonograph cylinder, and fourteen photographs.



Materialities, post-master, part-time, KKH, Stockholm, Sweden, 2019-2022

Fotografins och Videokonstens Historia, Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden, 2015–16

BA Fine Art, Major in Photography, Parsons School of Design, New York, USA 1993-1996

BA Fine Art, Major in Photography, Parsons School of Design, Paris, France 1992-1993


Public Art Agency Sweden

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, SE

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, SE

Swedish Institute, Art Collection.

Filmform, The Art Film & Video Archive

Karolinska sjukhuset

Museet for Fotokonst, Brandt, DK

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

Awards, Grants and Residencies

Three year working Grant, The Swedish writers fund, 2022-25

Two year Working Grant, Swedish Art Council, 2020 – 21

Swedish Art Council, Project Grant for the film Original Play, 2019

One year Working Grant, The Swedish writers fund, 2018

Stockholm Studio Grant, Glasbruksgatan, 2016-18

Circular Wait, The Swedish Photobook of the Year, 2015

Swedish Art Council, support to Circulair Wait book, 2014

Längmanska Kulturstiftelsen, Circular Wait book, 2014

Two year working Grant, Swedish Art Council 2011-13

Hasselblad institute, Stipend and residency, Grez-sur-Loing

Satellite, winner of Scanpix Photo Award 2010

IASPIS studio Grant, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany 2009-2010

One year working Grant, Swedish Art Council 2007

Sleipnir 2005


Peripheral Vision: Images from the Fringe of Europe, Magnus af Pedersen/CFF. Release The Swedish Institut in Paris (Institut suédois), 2023

Mamma, Hanna, Martina; paintings by Mamma Andersson, photo-essays by Hanna Moon and Martina Hoogland Ivanow, Space books, 2019

Early Reading, Art and Theory Publishing, 2019

Circular Wait + Satellite, Livraison books and Art and Theory Publishing, 2015

Shadows Illuminated: the photography of Martina Hoogland Ivanow, Paper journal, 2014

Speedway, Hot shoe, 2014

On Speedway, Art magazine, 2014

Martina Hoogland Ivanow, Montem, 2014

Vital konst på sommarlojt Gotland, Bo Madestrand, DN Kultur, 2014

Banar väg i mörkret, Dagens arbete, 2014

Martina Hoogland Ivanow: Abgründe der Seele, Art Berlin 2014

Speedway, Livrasion Books, 2014

Speedway, The Kinsky, 2014

Catalogue FOUR, Grundemark Nilsson Gallery-Swedish Photography, Germany 2014

Där verkligheten möter drömmen, Kulturnytt, SVT, 2013

Gåtfullheten attraherar och irriterar, SvD Kultur, 2013

Far too close, Dossier, 2012

Catalogue ONE, Swedish Photography, Germany 2011

Elephant and Castle, Kningdisk, 2011

Satellite, Art Lover 2010

Introduction by Greger Ulf Nilson, The Chronicle 2010

Elephant and castle, Imag 2010

Lång bort och nära, Fotografiskt tidskrift 2010

Far too Close, SteidlMack, 2010

Far too close, OjodePez 2010

Far too close, Blindspot 2007

Hit and run, reading Martina Hoogland Ivanow, Modern Painters 2005

Martina Hoogland Ivanow, Contemporary, The photography issue 2004

Sportens mörka spår Dagens Nyheter söndag 2004

Oil wrestling Another Magazine 2003

Svenska Dagbladet 2002

Att ställa sig på kanten, Fotografisk tidskrift 2002

Tokyo woe Time Out, London 2001

Sumo, Dazed & Confused Magazine 2000

Martina Hoogland Ivanow, Photo District News 2000

Solo Exhibitions

With Eyes Sensitive for Green, Dorothée Nilsson Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 2024

With Eyes Sensitive to Green, Galleri Duerr, Stockholm, Sweden, 2023

Interbeing, Early Reading, Brillo Växthusbaren, Stockholm, Sweden, 2022

Interbeing, Rikstolvan, Österlen, Sweden, 2021

Circular Wait, Showroom, Charlotte Lund, Sweden, 2021

Early Reading, Dorothée Nilsson Gallery, Berlin, Germany 2020

Circular wait, Grundemark Nilsson Gallery, Berlin, Germany 2016

Circular wait + Satellite, Next level Gallery, Paris, France 2015-2016

Circular wait, GUN Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden 2015
Reenactment, Historiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden 2014

Speedway, Grundemark Nilsson Gallery, Berlin Germany 2014

Härifrån till verkligheten, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden 2013

Far too close, Hermes Foundation, New York, USA 2012

Far too close, Swedish Photography, Berlin, Germany 2010

Satellite, GUN Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden 2010
Satellite, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany 2010

Far too close Fotografins hus, Stockholm, Sweden 2008

Far too close Uppsala Konstmuseum, Uppsala, Sweden 2008

Speedway Curator Space, London, UK 2006

The white series Teater Galleriet, Uppsala, Sweden 2006

The white series Centrum för Fotografi, Spegeln, Malmö, Sweden 2005

Speedway Natalia Goldin Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden 2004

Sumos Secret Gallery, New York, USA 2001

Sumos Dazed & Confused Gallery, London, UK 2000

Film Festivals / Screenings

Interbeing, Swedish experimentalfilm & video art, Filmform, Milano, Italy, 2023

Interbeing, Swedish experimental film & video art, Image Forum, Tokyo, Japan, 2022

Second Nature, 35 mm, Kalbjärga Filmfestival, Fårö, Sweden, 2022

Signal Absence-Teaching Drum, 35 mm, Kalbjärga Filmfestival, Fårö, Sweden, 2022

Interbeing, Pori Film Festival, Finland, 2021

Interbeing, Practice Resurrection, OONA Festival, Under Tallarna, Järna, Sweden, 2021

Interbeing, Crossroads program 4, San Francisco Cinemateque, USA. 2020

Interbeing, Vancouver Filmfestival, Canada, 2019

Interbeing, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, DE, 2019

Interbeing, Rotterdam international filmfestival, NL, 2019

Interbeing, Filmform, Stockholm, SE, 2018

Interbeing, Kulturhuset, Klarabiografen, Stockholm, SE, 2018

Interbeing och Early Reading, Kalbjärga Filmfestival, Fårö, SE, 2018

Annelise Frankfurt, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, DE, 2015

Annelise Frankfurt, Filmform’s news program, Bio Rio, Stockholm, SE, 2015

Annelise Frankfurt, 34th Uppsala Internationella Short Film, SE, 2015

Annelise Frankfurt, 32nd Kassel Documentary Film and video festival, DE, 2015

Group Exhibitions

Springbrunn, Galleri Duerr, Stockholm, Sweden, 2024

Interbeing, MONA, Tasmanien, Australia, 2023

Second Nature, Signal Absence-Teaching Drum, Stockholm Konst, Slakthusområdet, Sweden, 2022

Vårkollektion, Konstkompaniet, Sweden, 2022

Entangled- Strömholm, Dorothée Nilsson Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 2022

Tyst Vår, Nordiskt fotografi, curated by Greger Nilsson, Sweden, 2022

Interbeing, Early Reading, Far too close, Photofestival, Sopot, Poland, 2021

imMaterilaities, Weld, Magnethuset, Spökparken, Stockholm, Sweden, 2021

Interbeing, Eldmarknaden, Mossutställningar, Stockholm, SE, 2019

Berör mig, Early Reading, CFF/ Kulturhuset, Stockholm, SE, 2019

Fashion Photography, Curated by CF Hill, Bank Hotel, Stockholm, SE, 2019

In dialogue with Strömholm, Dorothee Nilsson Gallery, Berlin, DE, 2019

Published, Hasselblad Foundation/ CFF, Stockholm, SE, 2019

Published, Hasselblad Foundation, Gothemburg, SE, 2018

Mossans Marknad, Stockholm, SE, 2018

Fryspunkt/Freezing Point, Grundemark Nilsson Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden 2016

Different Distances, Aperture, New York, USA 2014
Other Fictions, Photographic Center, Copenhagen, Denmark 2013

Different Distances, Scandivania House, Washington, USA 2013

Different Distances, Swedish Photography, Berlin, Germany 2013

Behind the Visuals, Inthegallery, Copenhagen, Denmark 2012

Distances Differentes, The Swedish Institute, Paris, France 2012

Unseen, Gun Gallery, Amsterdam, 2012Assemblage, Fotomässan, Stockholm 2007

Sophie Calle visits Bill, Knut, Lars-Åke & Ulla, Mossutställningar, Stockholm, Sweden 2006

The shadow in the shadow, Museet for Fotokonst, Brandt, Denmark 2005

Fashination Museum of Film, Photography and Television, UK 2005

Fashination, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden 2004

Jam, London/Tokyo Opera City Gallery, Tokyo, Japan 2002

Jam, London/Tokyo, Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK 2001

Silver and Syrup, V&A Museum, London, UK 1999

9 Women Photographers Alleged Gallery, New York, USA 1997