Short bio

Jonatan Habib Engqvist

Jonatan Habib Engqvist is an author, curator and occasional teacher with a background in Philosophy and Aesthetic theory who has worked extensively with residencies. Co-editor of Ord&Bild from 2021.


Engqvist is part of Transhemisférica, has curated several experimental projects and over fifty exhibtions on four continents including international gatherings, biennales and festivals such as the 5th Project Biennial of Contemporary Art D-0 ARK Underground, the VR Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale (2019). Cycle Music and Art Festival Berlin/ Reykjavík/ Koparvogur (2018), Survival Kit 9 in Riga, Latvia, Sinopale 6, Sinop, Turkey (2017), Tunnel Vision, the 8th Momentum biennale in Moss, Norway (2015) and (I)ndependent People, the visual art focus of Reykjavík Arts Festival (2012).

He founded and directed Curatorial Residency In Stockholm, CRIS (2015-2020) and was the first artistic director of Nya Småland on commission by four regional art museums and a university including the first edition of the triennial (2016- 2020).  Formerly project manager for visual art at Iaspis (2009-2014), curator at Moderna Museet (2008-09) and employed at The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm (2005-07).

His writing has been published widely in several languages in publications and catalogues around the world. Books include: Letters Sent from Heaven – Frozen and Vaporized Water: Ukichiro Nakaya and Fujiko Nakaya's Science and Art, OK BOOK, 2022, Big Dig ­– Om passivitet och samtidskonst, CLP Works, 2018, Studio Talks: Thinking Through Painting, Arvinius+Orfeus Publishing, 2014, In Dependence – Collaboration and Artists´ initiatives, Torpedo Press, 2013, Work, Work, Work – A Reader on Art and Labour, Steinberg Press, 2012, Dharavi: Documenting Informalities, KKH, 2008, Academic Foundation, New Delhi 2009.

Contact: jonatan [at]

Image by Christer Lundahl. Installation by Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir a.k.a Shoplifter and Zhala, Momentum 8, Tunnel vision, Moss, Norway, 2015