Curriculum Vitae

After graduating from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 1997, Häggblom won the CCP/Leica Documentary Award at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, and had his first solo exhibition in 1998. He then moved to Japan where he lived for eight years between 1999 and 2008 and co-established/curated RoomSpace gallery in Shinjuku with Warren Fithie. In 2003 he spent a year in Tasmania at the School of Art doing Honours and graduated with a First Class result. In 2007 Häggblom made a road-trip from California to Texas and back while producing the series Taming Horses which was exhibited at 24HR Art, Darwin, and the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, in the exhibition he curated Silent Ruptures. In early 2010 he was the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Australia Council for the Arts Finland studio on Suomenlinna Island. Häggblom completed his PhD, Viewing Platforms: A Photographic Investigation of Australian Tourist Landscapes, in 2014 through Monash University, Melbourne, and was supervised by Dr Daniel Palmer. Häggblom has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally in Japan, America, Malaysia, Mexico and Switzerland and is presently working on a photobook that investigates the forest at the foot of Mt. Fuji Aokigahara Jukai.

In cooperation with Arts Mildura, Häggblom established and curated Wallflower Photomedia Gallery, that showcased local, national and international photomedia in the regional context of Mildura, Victoria. The physical gallery space was purpose-built and dedicated to quality, engaging and ground-breaking still and moving imagery. The gallery blog and online activity acted as a journal-like digital space that updated and documented exhibitions, interviews with participating artists and links to other interesting online photographic material. Although the physical gallery space has been discontinued, Wallflower Photomedia Gallery presently facilitates exhibitions and events including the recent Warwick Baker exhibition at Mildura Arts Centre titled Belanglo.

Wallflower Photomedia Gallery on Facebook.

 

Online Magazine/Journal Projects

Viewing Platforms, LANDSCAPE Stories #19: Australia

Viewing Platforms, Try Hard Magazine #5

 

Education

2009 – 2014                  

PhD (Fine Art), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (supervised by Daniel Palmer)

2007 – 2009                  

Master of Fine Art, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia – upgraded to PhD status

2003                                   

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours, Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania, Australia, (First

Class Honours (94%), supervised by David Stephenson)

1995 – 1997                                    

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Photography, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia

1997                                   

Photojournalism, Photographic Studies College, one unit

1994                                   

Photography Folio Course, Photographic Imaging Centre, one-year course, Melbourne, Australia

 

Solo Exhibitions

2017

Nihon: Iteration #1, Kala Ghoda Cafe + KGC Backroom, Mumbai, India (curated by Farhad Bomanjee)

2014

Viewing Platforms, Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria 

Viewing Platforms, MADA Gallery, Monash University (PhD exhibition for assessment)

2012

Viewing Platforms, Edmund Pearce, Melbnourne

2011

Saddam's Arse, whitecubeproject, Mildura, Victoria

Suomi, Perth Centre for Photography & Beam Contemporary, Melbourne

2010

Suomi, Visual Arts Centre, La Trobe University, Bendigo, Victoria

2004

de/consrtuct, Kings Artist Run Initiative, Melbourne

2003

de/construct, Entrepot Gallery, School of Art, University of Tasmania

2002

Heterotopias, Gallery K, Tokyo

2001

Apogee, Nikon Salon Tokyo & Osaka

2000

Knot, We Road, Ikebukuro Station (public installation), Tokyo

1998

Construction Site, Span Galleries, Melbourne

 

Two-person Collaborative Exhibitions

2015

Ralik Chain, Mildura Palimpsest Biennle, Wallflower Photomedia Gallery (with Tuomas A. Laitinen)

2011

Wish you were here..., The Kar-Rama Motel Project, Mildura Palimpsest #8 (with Tuomas A. Laitinen)

2008

some other place than here, Stefano's Gallery 25, Mildura, Victoria (with Tomoki Imai)

2007

promiscuous paul knight + kristian häggblom, Gallerie Omotosando, Tokyo (sound by Philip Samartzis)

2005

Siri Hayes + Kristian Häggblom, Kings Artist Run Initiative, Melbourne

inexterior, Area Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne (with Tomoaki Makino)

2002

Aokigahara Jukai (The Blue Sea of Foliage), Gallerie Omotosando, Tokyo (with Warren Fithie)

1999

Project 1, George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne (with Juan Ford)

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

(+ indicates curated by Kristian Häggblom)

2016

Landscape Dialogues,HR Gallop Gallery, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW

2015                                                                         

37° South to 19° North: Contemporary Photography from Australia, Museo de la Ciudad de Cuernavaca, curated by Damiel Armstrong, Mexico

xs collective, Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria

2014                                                                         

20 Years of the Young Portfolio Award, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

Formality, Trocadero Art Space, Melbourne

2013                                                                         

Contemporary Documentary Photography from Oceania, OBSCURA FESTIVAL OF

PHOTOGRAPHY, Penang, Malaysia, (curated by the Katrin Koenning in association with the

Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive)

2012                                                                   

+ ___on this site Victoria: Kororoit Creek, Wallflower Photomedia Gallery, Mildura, Victoria

STILL, Edmund & Pearce, Melbourne

2011                                                            

[email protected], Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Art, Yamanashi, Japan            

2009                                                                   

+ re-socialization: The Wentworth Gaol Project(Mildura Palimpsest #7), The Old Wentworth Gaol, N.S.W.

2008                                                                     

+ Silent Ruptures, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne and 24HR Art NT Centre of Contemporary Art, Darwin

Collapsing Horizon, Criterion Gallery, Tasmania

(Untitled) u=______, Fette’s Gallery, Culver City, Los Angeles

2007                                                                         

We are all photographers now! Musee de I’Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland

2006                                                                                       

Photographic Industry Exposition - ipod folio library, Tokyo Big Site

2005                                                                      

+ outdooring: 6 australian photomedia artists, Gallery Senkukan, Tokyo

+ Paper Bridges – A conference of folding spaces, CAST, Tasmania

2003                                                                         

Sacpe, CAST, Tasmania

Energex Arbour Contemporary Art Prize, Southbank, Brisbane

2002 & 2000                                                                   

Photographs by the Next Generation, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Art, Yamanashi, Japan

1998                                                                         

Transit Lounge, Smith & Stonely Gallery, Brisbane

1997                                                                                       

Recontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, France

Housing Poverty Then and Now, St. Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne

 

Grants & Awards

2016                                                                         

CLIP Contemporary Landscape Photography Award (shortlisted), Perth Centre for Photography, Western Australia

2014                                                                         

Bowness Photography Award (shortlisted), Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne

2013                                                                         

CLIP Contemporary Landscape Photography Award (shortlisted), Perth Centre for Photography, Western Australia

2011                                                                         

CLIP Contemporary Landscape Photography Award (Judges Commendation Prize), Perth Centre for Photography, Western Australia

2004                                                                         

Australia Council for the Arts, New Work Grant, (Emerging Artist), funds to produce work in Japan

2003                                                                         

Energex Arbour Contemporary Art Prize, Brisbane, (Finalist)

2003                                                                         

The Walkom Manning Regional Art Gallery Prize, N.S.W. (First Prize)

2002                                                                         

Project Wall, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney

2001                                                                         

Juna 21 Exhibition Grant, Nikon Cameras, Tokyo

1998                                                                         

Centre for Contemporary Photography/Leica Documentary Award, CCP

 

Conference Papers, Guest Lectures & Artist/Curator Talks

2017                                

“Tsuka: the Japanese photobook as a means of atonement”, Unless you Will conference, RMIT, Melbourne.

“Hoda Afshar in Conversation with the Curator”, Mildura Arts Centre, gallery floor talk.

2016                                

“Jukai:The Japanese Suicide Forest”,Landscape Dialogues Conference, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga,NSW.

“Warwick Baker in Conversation with the Curator”, Mildura Arts Centre, gallery floor talk.

2015                                

“Surveillance, Surveilled”, Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Borderless Futures, Reimaging the CitizenSymposium

“Thinking the Photobook: Panel Discussion”, Photobook Melbourne.

2014

“Viewing Platforms: New Modes of Documentary Making”, The3rd International Conference of Photography and Theory (ICPT2014),Photography and Politics and The

Politics of Photography, Cyprus.

2014                                

“Viewing Platforms” QFP5:Fictions Conference of Contemporary Photography, Queensland College of Technology & QueenslandCentreforPhotography.

“ViewingPlatforms” in conversation with Ross Lake (ChairArtsMildura) and Dan Rule (Perimeter Books), Mildura Arts Centre.

2013                                

“Neo-Documentary”,Mildura Arts Centre, inassociation with the Centre for Contemporary Photography Documentary Award exhibition.

2012                                

“Lost & Found: Family Photos Swept Away by the 3.11 East Japan Tsunami”, floor talk with Japanese organisers Munemasa Takahashi and Hiroshi Hatate at the Centre for Contemporary Photography.

2011                                

“Suomi”, Artists floor talk, Perth Centre forPhotography.     

2011                                 

“MappingTerrain; Australian Artists on Landscape”, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), with Brendan Lee and Gary Simmons, artist panel discussion on Australian landscape in reference to the commissioned Shaun Gladwell exhibition Stereo Sequences.

2010                                 

“Landschaft – Kalle Kataila in conversation with Kristian Häggblom”, Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki, Finland, Artist Floor-talkinreference to Kataila’s exhibition and photographically representing the human impact on landscape.

2010                                 

“Contemporary Australian Visual and Performance Arts in relation to Photography”, The Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Guest  Lecture.

2010                                 

“Photographic Perspectives”, Pekka Halonen Academy of Fine Arts, Finland, Guest Lecture.

2009                                 

“Aokigahara Jukai: The Japanese Suicide Forest”, Art AssociationofAustralia & New Zealand (AAANZ), Contemporary Photography, Landscape &History, session convened by Dr Rosemary Hawker & DrJandaGooding.

2008                                 

Silent Ruptures”, Artist floor talk with Yoshiro Masuda, 24HRArt NT Centre of Contemporary Art, Darwin and with MathieuBernard-Reymond,Centre for Contemporary Photography,Melbourne.

 

Collections

Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Art (Japan), Tasmanian Department of Tourism, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, Monash University Museum of Art, Australian Parliament House Collection, Mildura Arts Centre and international and national private collections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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