Simon Hjortek (b. Falun, 1986) is a visual artist primarily working with photography and cinematography. Simon often depicts the mundane everyday life draped in the surreal. The style is precise and often draws equal amounts of inspiration from the disturbing and the beautiful. At times elegant, at times filled with clues as if each image is a riddle, Simon’s imagery encourages imagination and holds a dreamlike nostalgic quality.
Simon has through the years done commissioned work for artists and brands. He is also an award-winning music video director and cinematographer and shows his photography works at exhibitions. His photographic work has been featured as a finalist at Smithsonian Magazine’s 16th Annual Photo Contest. It has been seen in magazines such as Cap&Design, Articulate and Digital FOTO. Simon has participated in exhibitions around the world such as Liljevalch’s Vårsalongen 2021 in Sweden and Fumes and Perfumes in Germany.
He’s received the award “Music video of the year” twice at the Dalecarlia Music Awards.
In 2018 Simon got the Christopher E. Burke Fine Art Grant.
In 2020 the dance short film “A Part” made together with Erika O’Neill received five nominations and won six awards at different festivals, among them “Best Cinematography” at the Experimental, Dance & Music Film Festival.
Konst Åt Alla, Sveasalen, Leksand, Sweden, April 17th-April 22nd, 2023
At Liljevalch’s Vårsalongen 2021 exhibition, Stockholm, Sweden
At Falun Walk of Art 2022, Sweden
Falun Walk of Art, Falun, Sweden. June 1st – September 1st, 2022
Café Tanten Med Hunden, Falun, Sweden. November 15th 2021 – February 15th 2022
Konsthallen, Borlänge Bibliotek, Borlänge, Sweden. September 11th – October 19th, 2021.
Liljevalchs Vårsalong, Liljevalch’s Stockholm, Sweden, April 23 – August 22, 2021
Fumes and Perfumes, Stuttgart, Germany July 2020 – July, 2021
Echofoma at Glasgalleriet, Ludvika, Sweden 2020
Murmur, Falun, Sweden 2019
Vårsalongen at Galleri Backlund, Gothenburg, Sweden 2019
Morfem, Falun, Sweden 2018
The love for moving pictures is just as big as the fascination for still images.
A lot of Simon’s ideas takes form in his cinematography and filmmaking, which spans from music videos to art projects, short films and more.
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