Simen Johan (Swedish, 1973- )
In his photographs Simen Johan intently explores the unique relationship children have with the unknown. Digitally compositing his images from multiple negatives, Johan creates complex worlds of fantasy and ritual that are seemingly born from the imaginations of the children that inhabit them. His photographs are simultaneously humorous and unsettling, innocent and sinister, and speak to important facets of human nature. Born in Norway and raised in Sweden, Johan earned his B.F.A at the School of Visual Arts, in New York, where he studied closely with Gregory Crewdson. His work has been exhibited in the United States and Europe and is in the collections of major museums. Johan's first monograph, Room to Play, was published by Twin Palms in 2003.