Miriam Bäckström (born 1967 in Stockholm) emerged as an artist in the late 1990s. The conceptual and visual precision of her photographic work soon gained wide international recognition, not least after Harald Szeemann included it in the Venice Biennale in 1999. She used the established approaches of documentary photography to expose and undo conventions of depiction and storytelling. Film sets, museum displays and apartments became “figures” speaking of the “diverse characters” that were as yet physically absent in the images.
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