Hannah Modigh

Hannah Modigh
© Hannah Modigh


Stockholm born artist, Hannah Modigh (b. 1980) spent her childhood in India and on Österlen in the south of Sweden. She studied photography in Copenhagen and Biskops Arnö from 2002-2007 and art at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm from 2012 to 2013. Through family relationships, she has realised many of her photographic projects in the USA. Modigh lives and works in the USA and Stockholm.



Hannah grandmother was 100 years old when she died, soon after that her child was born. The feeling that death is replaced with life became palpable. Got me thinking about how we float like a delta. Some branches continue some stops.

Hannah was looking for imprints that depict the presence of an absence. The things we bring with us and the things we leave behind when we die. She has photographed objects and paths that have a sense of rituals. Rituals and traditions are inherited, and we teach our children them. She has looked for imprint that indicating that life is about to breakthrough, and where the end of life makes itself felt.

Hannah wants to show everyday situations that are enshrouded in awareness of death. She has followed childbirth and death in her own family and others she met during the last years. It’s not about individuals or places without fragmentary images to illustrate the feeling that everyone is part of a root system and the images are symbols of an involvement. She likes when things happen or has happened outside the image. Impressions in the image showing the presence of an absence. Tracks in the picture show an earlier event but leave a mystery over it. With a subtle language where what’s happening is beneath the surface. As surface tension ready to crack or get stuck in a glass cup. Questions that may not have answers. This is a series about time, trying to photograph time.