The Milky Way by Hannah Modigh
“The suite is about a special mood, born of a certain time in life, the period between being a child and an adult. It is a time of longing for life and for independence. The era of excitement over what might happen, and all the experiences that come along the way. Experience as a measure of how far you have come as something to collect and compare with others. The series depicts girls and boys aged 12-16 years, how they approach each other, form groups, seeking identity
The story really has no beginning or end, it goes in loops. For it is not in fact about these young people, but a phase, an age, a sense that everyone must go through. Perhaps this is one of the most secretive man can portray, something that reminds us adults a crucial time in our lives that we can never get back. The period affected me so strongly that I am under 10 years returned to my home city to take pictures of it. The strong emotions I felt during that time is something I as a photographer looking all the time. Not always to take picture of, but to get to know them. I have focused on the body movements and how to keep their body that is so specific for that time. I think they said a lot of uncertainty, confusion, excitement and longing.
Why it is called “The Milky Way” comes from Greek mythology. Hera woke up and she was breast finding a child she did not recognize. She pushed it away and the milk spread over the night sky. This period, we take perhaps the greatest step from our parent’s chest.”
As part of the original design, based on Hannah Modigh’s notebooks, one of the last page is tear down.
The Milky Way
Publisher: Journal, 2014
Hannah Modigh website: http://hannahmodigh.se/
Gallery of Photography: https://www.galleryofphotography.ie/
Hannah Modigh’s exhibition Delta at the Gallery of Photography
Presenting an extensive series of small-format and intimate photographs, Delta is Hannah Modigh’s first solo show in Ireland. This is the second exhibition in our Contemporary Women’s Practice season, celebrating leading women photographers at work today. Although perhaps best known for immersing herself in unfamiliar situations, with this series she has turned instead to her immediate surroundings, in a search for traces representing the presence of an absence. The result is a series of emotionally charged photographic encounters, looking to Modigh’s own experiences, her family, and the everyday. Delta is extremely personal, but still touches on universal human experiences of birth, sexuality and death.
Born in Stockholm in 1980, Modigh 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.