Florence Montmare was born in Vienna, and raised in Stockholm by Swedish and Greek parents, and ventured to New York City to pursue a career as an artist. She studied photography in New York at the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography. After a few years assisting on fine art projects in Paris and New York, she established her own studio practice in New York and Stockholm. Montmare’s practice is cross-disciplinary and for over 20 years she has created photographs, films, installations, and performances and exhibiting at galleries internationally. She was an artist in residence at Chashama studio program (New York 2010-2012), and at Ingmar Bergman Estate (Sweden 2015 - 2017). She is based in New York and Stockholm.
Recent exhibitions are Scenes from an Island at Bergmancenter (Sweden 2019), in Helsinki (Finland 2020) and at Fotografiska (New York 2020/2021).
In her work Florence Montmare explores the themes of home, identity and transience. She tells personal stories that are specific, yet universal, often returning to similar subjects but exploring them in different ways, peeling off layers, touching upon visceral aspects of life whether it is in a film, a photograph, a performance or an installation.
Approaching these narratives with a sense of expanded time, she allows the viewer to contemplate a deeper meaning buried within the language of a world that resides between dream and reality — a realm of images, memories and fragmented tales.