Hugo Ljungbäck

Cohort Year: 2022
Research Interests: Experimental film; video art; media archaeology; archival theory and practice; surveillance; pornography; queer cinema; nontheatrical cinema.
Education: MFA, Studio Art, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2022); BFA, Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres & Media Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2020)


Hugo Ljungbäck is a Swedish artist, curator, and scholar whose work examines the intersections of queer art, experimental film and video, media archaeology, and archival studies. His research investigates the materiality of the moving image and its processes of mediation, and his essays have appeared in Found Footage Magazine, Cinema & Cie, and Media, War & Conflict. His award-winning films and videos interrogate queer history, representation, identity, and sexuality through an autobiographical lens, and have screened at over 75 film festivals, art galleries, and museums internationally. His work is distributed by Vtape and Light Cone.

He is a PhD Student in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago and holds an MFA in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a Collections and Cataloging Fellow with the South Side Home Movie Project and serves as Co-chair of the Association of Moving Image Archivists’ Small Gauge and Amateur Film Committee and Co-Secretary of Domitor, the International Society for the Study of Early Cinema.