Emma Hartvig was born and raised in a coastal town in Sweden. She studied Photography at the University of the Arts, London, and has since lived in Berlin, Paris and Copenhagen, before settling in Vienna, where she is currently based. Her work has been published in the Hatje Cantz Verlag-published The Swimming Pool in Photography and Rizzoli’s Pools. In 2020 she was selected for the group show “All in this together” in Milan as a part of Photo Vogue, curated by Alessia Glaviano.
About Bodies, landscapes and desire – words by Emma Hartvig:
Bodies, Landscapes and Desire is an ongoing body on work where the artist explores the relationship between the body and the environment, and how it parallels in sensuality and structure. In her work, waterfalls and night skies are formative in the way the body sculpts and frame a narrative. Her deft lens narrows in on the nuanced femininity of her subjects – they are almost always female – and locates a deep, fleeting feeling. Meticulous in her approach, the artist draws scenes from the interactions between different figures, pinpointing moments of stillness, tension, intimacy or love in an assemblage of moving parts. The possibility of conjuring emotion and story from a gesture, movement or scene underpins every image she makes. Through her lens, the body is a moving sculpture, a vessel to be filled with ideas and emotions.