I’m Johan Deurell – a journalist, researcher and curator based in Stockholm and London.
I’m an art critic for the leading Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (svd.se), and the art editor of Bon (bon.se). I also contribute on art and design to magazines such as AnOther Magazine, The Art Newspaper, Dazed & Confused, Frieze, Form Magazine, and Icon, to name a few. Over the years, I written everything from critical reviews, features and columns to Q&As, reports and news stories. Some of which you can find here on my website. Recently, I co-edited the exhibition catalogue for the exhibition ‘Utopian Bodies: Fashion Looks Forward’, 2015 – 2016, at Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm. (I was also the assistant curator of the aforementioned exhibition).
Lecturing, hosting seminars and other learning experiences, relating to art and design history, is something I enjoy doing. As an associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins, I taught critical theory, art history and design history. Likewise, I was responsible for a module on Postmodern visual culture and theory at the University for the Creative Arts, Epsom. I have also guest lectured at the Royal College of Art, London.
Together with Oscar Carlson, I recently curated the Summer Show at Carl Kostyál, Stockholm. The exhibition contains work by over 30 international artists, such as Jon Rafman, Alex Da Corte, Austin Lee and Jonas Wood. Prior to that, I worked on ‘Adorned Archetypes’, a fashion exhibition shown in Miami, 2016, produced by Museea, London, and Barrett Barrera, St. Louis. I have also undertaken similar work on uniforms for The Post Museum, Stockholm, and their exhibition ‘Uniform(t)’. In 2015, I was affiliated with the Victoria & Albert Museum as a project researcher, conducting research on primary material from around 1880-1940 for the museum’s forthcoming blockbuster exhibition on Plywood.
Oh, and by the way, I hold a Masters’ degree in History of Design from Royal College of Art/Victoria & Albert Museum. Prior to that I completed a BA (Hons) in Criticism, Communication and Curation: Art and Design at Central Saint Martins. I have also undertaken studies in History of Art, and History of Philosophy, at Stockholms universtitet. My studies at RCA/V&A were funded by scholarships from Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse and Estrid Ericsons stiftelse.
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Photograph © Jonathan Baron www.studio-baron.com