1985 · Sweden
Through methodology laden with research, John Skoog leverages film, video, and photography to meld everyday life with the language of fantasy. His works are reflective of literary and cinematic narratives, lending a poetic touch to the commonplace. John Skoog’s works explore the individual’s relationship to community, collective rituals, and the forces of change; by utilising mythological iconography. Skoog’s use of myths and mythology remind his audience of the secular origins of such stories that aim to explain patterns in both society and nature.
Born in 1985, in Kvidinge, Sweden Skoog graduated from the Städelschule, Frankfurt in 2012. Skoog has been awarded Stockholm Film Festival’s 1KM Film Scholarship, the Hessische Kulturstiftung Travel Grant, the Malmö Art Museum 2013 Grant, the Lichter International Film Festival’s ARTFILM Prize, Bonn’s Stiftung Kunstfonds, the ARS-VIVA Prize, and the Aase & Richard Björklund Fund. In 2014 he was the recipient of Art Basel’s Baloise Art Prize, and has his film shown in Frankfurt’s MMK and Vienna’s MUMOK and in 2015 he won one of the most prestigious short film prizes, the 12th Goteborg Festival’s Startsladden. Skoog now lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Skoog’s works have been shown in solo shows throughout Europe and the world, in galleries and museums in cities like Frankfurt, Malmö, Vienna, London, Barcelona, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Berlin, Edinburgh, Moscow, Seoul, and Philadelphia.