Lina Scheynius - Photographs London Wednesday, May 25, 2022 | Phillips

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  • 'So much of my practice is about following my gut instincts and capturing something in the moment that inspires me.' —Lina Scheynius

    Swedish artist Lina Scheynius (b. 1981) is known for her diaristic, unapologetically honest photographs, featuring herself, lovers and friends. Untitled (Diary), offered here, is from her earliest series Love, a photographic journey through her personal life. ‘This picture is part of the very foundation of my practice,’ she explains, ‘It’s a portrait of me and my partner at the time. I was in my early 20s and was just starting to explore with a camera the topics that interested me the most: Love, Desire, The human body, Relating.’ Trained as a model before becoming a photographer, Scheynius features her body as the subject of her visual and sensual explorations. For nearly 20 years, Scheynius has continuously recorded her closest surroundings and questioned her place within, planting the female gaze at the forefront of the narrative. Her work has been exhibited internationally – notably at the House of Photography, Hamburg; Foam, Amsterdam; and Photo Vogue Festival, Milan – and is appearing at auction for the first time.

    • Provenance

      Directly from the artist, 2013
      Private Collection, Switzerland

    • Literature

      L. Scheynius, My Photo Books, Paris: Jean Boîte, n.p. (variant)



Untitled (Diary) from Love

Chromogenic print.
Image: 93 x 139 cm (36 5/8 x 54 3/4 in.)
Frame: 104 x 151 cm (40 7/8 x 59 1/2 in.)

Signed in ink, printed title, date and number 1/3 on a Certificate of Authenticity accompanying the work.

This work is number 1 from the sold-out edition of 3 + 2 APs. This image exists only in this size and edition.

Full Cataloguing

£8,000 - 12,000 ‡♠

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London Auction 25 May 2022