Maria Turchenkova In a garden Galleri Duerr Affordable Art Fair Stockholm Lydmar

Hidden War

Maria Turchenkova born in Moscow 1987, is currently based between Moscow, Paris and Erbil. Turchenkova is a member of the Getty Reportage Emerging Talent and participated 2013 in the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam. In 2014 she was selected one of “PDN´s 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch”. Her work has appeared in TIME Magazine, NYT, Le Monde, Der Speigel, La Republica, Arte TV and others.

After five years of radio journalism Maria Turchenkova took up photography. Since 2011 her attention has focused primarily on the North Caucasus (Russia) where she conducted a long-term project ‘Hidden War In The Land Of Mountains’ concerning the ongoing armed conflict in the region. Since the crisis broke out in Ukraine, with annexation of Crimea and revolt in East Ukraine, Maria Turchenkova has been working on her project “People’s republic of chaos”, telling about the war in Donbass. At the same time Maria works on her personal project in the Middle East.

Dagestan, North Caucasus, Russia

The Republic of Dagestan in North Caucasus, Russia, with a population of about 3 million, is comprised of more then 40 ethnic groups where ethnic Russians make up roughly 4,5%. Despite the reduction of large-scale military operations 10 years ago in Chechnya and Grozny emerging after decades of chaos under the autocratic rule of Kadyrov, the neighboring Dagestan is locked in a cycle of violence,  and unlawfulness, which affects every family. In fact anyone, can appear under pressure, threat and suspect. While it stays out of news agenda in the central part of Russia, Dagestan today has almost a half of its territory  under a special security regimen (CTO, or “counter-terrorist operation”) and populace endures martial law, rigid curfews and random searches enforced by the Russian military.

Dagestan today is split by seemingly intractable social and religious differences. The gap between the richest and the poorest is enormous. Salafism — a puritanical form of Islam — is largely raising its profile against the Sufi Muslims, complicating the already tangled political and religious picture.

The women in Dagestan have traditionally enjoyed more freedom in comparison to Chechnya, but the spread of violence and radical Islam has changed their lives. While the Russian part of the Caucasus, including Dagestan, is under Russian law, nowadays the women here find themselves suppressed either by custom or Sharia law, exempt from legal support of the authorities and the applicable legal system. As a result they become victims of killings of honor, kidnappings, domestic violence, sexual abuse, torture, acts of terrorism and counterterrorism. Meanwhile the story of the women’s sufferings often stay in the shadows and those who are guilty are rarely punished, as the problems of women are taboo for public discussion in the Caucasian part of Russia.

While with only officially more than 3000 victims of the ongoing armed conflict during past 5 years, Dagestan remains the undisputed leader in the level of violence among the regions of North Caucasus / Maria Turchenkova

Hidden War In the Land of Mountains is a long-term project by photojournalist Maria Turchenkova. This is her first solo exhibition in Sweden. Maria Turchenkova´s photography on top, IN A GARDEN, released in a limited edition and represented by Galleri Duerr at the Affordable Art Fair Stockholm 2016.

Maria Turchenkova´s first solo exhibition in Sweden, Hidden War, will be released at Lydmar December 2, curated by Galleri Duerr. The exhibition continues to February 26.

Lola Akinmade Galleri Duerr Stockholm Scandinavian Photo


Award-winning Nigerian-American photographer Lola Akinmade Åkerström, based in Stockholm, has photographed from roughly 60 countries. While in South Africa on assignment for National Geographic Channel, Lola was featured in the vignette “Through the Lens” which airs on Nat Geo channels across the globe. Her images have appeared in National Geographic Traveller, BBC, CNN and The Guardian, as well as in other high profile publications. Lola Akinmade´s photography is represented by National Geographic Creative. She is also a founding member of the Nordic Travel Bloggers (NordicTB) collective which brings together top professional travel influencers and digital storytellers in the Nordic countries of Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland.


Guest appearance Stephan Lundberg Manager ProCenter PrintStudio
Scandinavian Photo, Sveavägen 20 at 5-7 pm

Galleri Duerr is proud to be the first gallery to exhibit Lola Akinmade ́s Fine Art Prints and represented Lola Akinmade at the highly rated Nordic Antiques Fair, ANTIKMÄSSAN 2016. The movie about Lola Akinmade

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Natalia Mikkola Galleri Duerr Antikmässan Lydmar


Lydmar and Galleri Duerr proudly present Natalia Mikkola’s solo exhibition ”Images and Identity”.

Natalia Mikkola has a flair for the sensual and mystical. Weekend excursions with her grandmother, an avid art expert, laid the groundwork for her artistic expression. 

Natalia Mikkola has never been interested in pure documentation. Her camera lens blurs the boundaries between realism and fantasy. Subtle color palettes are recurrent themes, landscapes and the misty gray monocromatic shades evident, as in Karelia and Victoria Falls. In other works, such as “Sylt, Kampen, Nordfriesland” a graphic landscape slowly evolves.

Noted art collectors and art experts throughout Europe have picked up artwork of Natalia Mikkola – Fine Art chromogenic prints mounted on plexiglas ®Diasec

Natalia Mikkola was represented by Galleri Duerr at the highly rated Nordic Antiques Fair, ANTIKMÄSSAN2016.

FEB 12 – APR 24

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Altansukh DemberelGalleri Duerr has the pleasure of presenting the latest work of the multimedia artist Altansukh Demberel. Exhibition “Tiny Pieces” – photography, painting and video.

Galleri Duerr har glädjan att presentera konstnären Altansukh Demberel med sin senaste utställningen “Tiny Pieces” – Fotografi, måleri och video.

Torsdag, 22 augusti
kl 17.00 – 20.00

Utställningen pågår 22 augusti – 29 september.
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My childhood memories are my inspiration. I was just ten years old living in Mongolia doing all kind of jobs just to survive and to help my mother (transporting, digging in garbage, selling things, cleaning shoes, begging and more…). Unfortunately I did not have the chance to study in school but I was very active creatively. As an artist struggling to survive I painted traditional miniatures for the tourists and wrote tragic poetry about the Mongolian society.

Because so many children and so many people are living in such miserable conditions in the world, telling my story, and theirs, has become very important to me. I tell these stories using painting, photography, video, poetry, performance art and installations.

Living in two different cultures – Mongolian and Swedish – it is exciting to express myself artistically, solving problems while understanding the differences that exist between my two worlds.

The project that I am currently working on is called ”Tiny Pieces”. An ongoing process, it is deeply connected to the mystery of my roots, my memories, my dreams, my poverty, my social status as a child in Mongolia and of course my emotions.

As I follow the Mongolian tradition of storytelling, I would like to share these stories of my life through my art.

Surrounded and influenced by the calm of the Swedish forest, I can reflect on my life in Mongolia as I strive to express myself as clearly and as simply as I can.

A thousand thanks to Radmila Knezevic, NBV Örebro Län and Galleri Duerr.

Altansukh Demberel received a one-year scholarship from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee in 2012.