Kristian Häggblom

Kristian Häggblom

Visual Arts / Artist | Australia

Kristian Häggblom (b. 1976)

After graduating from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 1997, Kristian Häggblom won the CCP/Leica Documentary Award at the Centre for Contemporary Photography and had his first solo exhibition in 1998. Bored in Melbourne, he then moved to Japan where he lived for seven years between 1999 and 2008 and co-established and curated RoomSpace gallery in Shinjuku. In 2003 he spent a year in Tasmania at the School of Art doing Honours and graduated with a first class result. In 2007 Häggblom made an influential road-trip from California to Texas and produced the series Taming Horses which was exhibited at 24HR Art, Darwin, and the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne in the exhibition he curated Silent Ruptures. He has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally in Japan, America, Malaysia and Switzerland.

Häggblom is presently a PhD candidate through Monash University and based in Mildura, Victoria, where he lectures at La Trobe University. In early 2010 he was the inaugural artist in Australia Council for the Arts residency at HIAP Suomenlinna. In cooperation with Arts Mildura, Häggblom established and curates Wallflower Photomedia Gallery that aims to showcase local, national and international photomedia in a regional context. The gallery is a purpose-built space and dedicated to quality, engaging and groundbreaking still and moving images.