Helene Schmitz

Swedish, 1960–present

Schmitz’s photography centers on man’s complicated relationship with nature. In several photographic projects, she has explored the power balance between man and nature – and when it goes off kilter. Working analogue with a large format camera, her solo shows in Sweden include Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde (2018), Skellefteå Konsthall (2017), Fotografiska, Stockholm (2016), Dunkers Kulturhus (2015), Kristinehamns Konstmuseum (2012). 

Schmitz is active internationally and has been shown at Fotografisk Center (2019), Turn Gallery, New York (2017, 2015), Herbarium Fotografi og Botanik, Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen (2017), Willas Contemporary, Oslo, QPN #19 CHAOS, Nantes, France (2015), Art’15, London (2015), Galerie Maria Lund, Paris (2013, 2016), Maison de la Photographie, Lille (2010), and Centre Culturel Suédois in Paris (2007). 

Schmitz’s artistic œuvre has been featured in several award-winning books where she has collaborated with writers, philosophers and historians of ideas, including Thinking Like a Mountain (2018), Borderlands (2015),
 Ur Regnskogens Skugga (2011), System och Passion (2007) and Blow Up (2003). She is represented in prominent collections such as The Danish Agency for Culture, Denmark, National Public Art Council, Sweden, Oslo Municipality, Norway, Museum of Modern Art (Moderna), Sweden. SEB Collection, the Cultural Administration of the Stockholm County Council. She has also been published in international publications. Since 2019 she is part of the International collective Feral Atlas led by anthropologist Anna Tsing.