Tuesday, November 8, 2016
My work Solar Eclipse Shadow is featured on the cover of the Magazine STARA, which is published by SÍM (The Association of Icelandic Visual Artist. STARA is an online magazine created with the vision and aim to strengthen and contribute to artistic knowledge, as well as being a platform to share information about SÍM. Click here to read the magazine: SIM
Thursday, August 11, 2016
From left Hertta Kiiski, Katrín Elvarsdóttir, Mari Krappala, Lilja Birgisdóttir, Marko Mäetamm (on Screen)
Solar Eclipse Shadow ( 2016 )
The exhibition is curated by Mari Krappala
"Cyclone is an area of closed, circular fluid motion rotating in the same direction as the Earth, characterized by inward spiraling winds. Cyclone 3. is a travelling exhibition which leads us to the threshold of circular motions that follow the rotational direction of the earth.
What happens, if we start to think, that human beings are not inherently superior to other living things, in a way that encompasses all species; human, seeds, plants, animals and bacteria are part of a system of interdependence. Cyclone 3. is an interdisciplinary process of exploring this repositioning.
French philosopher Michael Serres calls us to listen what is said both by living beings and the sustainability of our planet as a whole, to look for ways to let the planet speak. Will it help us make sense of our flexible and multiple identities, which are / could be fluid and changeable?
Cyclone 3. is responsive to our changing understanding of life with differences and our world with diversity, facing bio-technologies, climate change, peregrination… Are we able to locate ourselves to be partners of all living beings and all things on the planet with ongoing environmental and social transformations?
The eye of Cyclone is surrounded by a dense ring of cloud known as the eye wall. This marks the most dangerous part of the cyclone having the strongest winds and heaviest rainfall. While exploring different strands of humannature thoughts, there is an interest to provide a voice for marginal communities, organic and non-organic parallers. In response to ‘shared planetary threats’ we might start to find ways to enter to the new kind of civilization with different forms and laws.
What could they be?"
Cyclone 3, installation by Lilja Birgisdottir in Gallery Titanik
After the Solar Eclipse (2016)
Friday, May 27, 2016
THE PHOTO AND THE PAINTING IN OUR TIMES
Yellow Curtains 3, (2008)
The exhibition LIGHTPAINT is an attempt to study various manifestations of paintings in Icelandic contemporary photography. Tradition maintains that each artistic medium is perfectly distinct and unique in nature and constitution. Nevertheless, the marriage of photography and painting has always been complex and it is never easy to gather how ideas and influences entwine in the presentation of reality in these media. Photography and painting are often defined as opposites by reference to their different nature, but what seems in our times to characterize the relationship is the impossibility of either assuming supremacy. Their limits and disposition merge when the painting emerges in the photo and dissipates along with it.
The exhibition is curated by Birta Guðjónsdóttir and it runs until November 9th 2016.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Double Happiness at Gerðarsafn Kópavogur Art Museum
My solo exhibition Double Happiness opened last week at Gerðarsafn Kópavogur Art Museum curated by Brynja Sveinsdóttir.
The series Double Happiness was created in China in 2010-2014. The series depicts a city on the edge of everyday and fiction with portraits of elderly people, nature in a man-made environment, living quarters and found sculptures. The solemn and unattainable settings of the photographs are contrasted by the title of the series, the double Chinese sign for happiness used as decoration and to mark celebrations.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
The exhibition No site is an exhibition of the works of eight artists living in Iceland who are turning their gaze towards Icelandic nature. Björn Árnason, Claudia Hausfeld, Daniel Reuter, Edda Fransisca Kjarval, Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson, Katrín Elvarsdóttir, Pétur Thomsen and Stuart Richardson all work with photography as a medium. The works are all made in the timespan 2008 – 2015. The curators are Áslaug Íris Friðjónsdóttir and Unnur Mjöll S. Leifsdóttir.
Vanished Summer 5
Nature and landscape have long been a subject for artists. Consciously and unconsciously the tendency has been to glorify nature, for instance by fixating on well-known landmarks and historically important sites. In that aspect photography is no exception and in recent years that medium has played an important role in the image making of the tourist industry. We are surrounded by stunning landscape photos of beaming northern lights, grand glaciers, glassy lakes and colourful mountains.
The works in the exhibition reflects both inner and outer landscapes. Each artist views nature from their own perspective, their works evoking consciousness toward places that are familiar. The characteristics of the landscape relate to familiar places or personal experiences and memories. This is the landscape that we all know, the image we see when we look out of the car window on our travels in the countryside, the places that don’t have any names, the environment which is in-between the remarkable places. We know the light, the yellow grass, the sands, the snowfields, the lava, the greyness and the rain that erases the outlines of mountains and landmarks.
The artists participating in the exhibition No site have a different view of the landscape. They seek to capture the beauty in the moments that often go unnoticed.
The exhibition is on view until August 23, 2015 at Hafnarborg Centre of Culture and Fine Art.
Monday, May 18, 2015
Equivocal at the Warsaw Festival of Art Photography 2015
The WFFA Festival will take place from May 15- June 15 2015, the theme of the Festival is “COMMON SPACE” and this year Iceland is the guest of honour.
The Icelandic program will consist of a group exhibition titled, Relooking – Icelandic Landscape Photography, showing the Icelandic landscape as perceived by the photographers of the middle generation and mature artists, such as: Invar Brynjolfsson, Haraldur Johnsson, Einar Falur Ingefsson or Ingvar Högni. Iceland Now! will show topics, tendencies and areas of interest of three young Icelandic photographers. There will also be four Solo expositions of well-known Icelandic photographers, Spessi (Food, People and Post Office), Katrin Elvarsdottir (Equivocal), Pétur Thomsen (Imported Landscape) and Bjargey Ólafsdóttir (Johanna). For more information: http://www.wffa.eu
from my opening at Schody Galeria, Warsaw.