Tuesday, August 1, 2017

FISL 2017

The exhibition FISL 2017 is a group exhibition of the members of The Icelandic Contemporary Photography Association at Mikilgarður in Höfn Hornafirði in Iceland.

The Visit is a new work based on my travels to a windswept island far away from my home country. 

The exhibition is in Mikilgarður the old narrow fisherman's barracks, located by the harbour in Höfn. The opening hours are Friday - Sunday from 12-5 pm until August 13th, 2017.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Human;Nature at Martin Asbæk Gallery

                                           Human;Nature at Martin Asbæk Gallery

My work is included in the group exhibition Human;Nature at Martin Asbæk Gallery in relation to Copenhagen Photo Festival 2017. In this new exhibition, the gallery focuses on nature seen through the photographic medium. On view are works that reflect the artistic look on nature as well as the artist’s interpretation of it in relation to the human mind.
After mankind nature has through history been the most important inspiration to artists. Our relationship to nature can be interpreted in many ways and nature as a phenomenon itself is almost as complex as the concept of art. Man in nature and nature in man are colliding and moves the beholder out into a deep sea of emotions; happy, sad, dark, angry and romantic. Nature and man’s relation to it is of high relevance in today’s society. We have developed a society with such a strong attachment to technology that we have yet to understand fully how our own capacities can be enhanced by the power of nature. We pace forward in full speed, and life in the city distances us more and more from nature. We often forget to look out for the earth and nature that are making it possible for us to lead the life we do. In this group show you are however able to experience nature through the artist’s’ incredible interpretations hereof and dream yourself away from the tolls of everyday life and the huzzle and buzzle of the city.
Artists: Trine Søndergaard (DK), Astrid Kruse Jensen (DK), Nicolai Howalt (DK), Elina Brotherus (FI), Ebbe Stub Wittrup (DK), Adam Jeppesen (DK), Helen Sear (UK), Katrin Elvarsdottir (IS), Hervé Saint Helier (FR).

                                                  From the series Vanished Summer

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

STARA issue 7

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

Cyclone 3 at Gallery Titanik

I'm taking part in the exhibition Cyclone 3 at Gallery Titanik in Turku Finland with

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?"

—Mari Krappala

                                     Cyclone 3, installation by Lilja Birgisdottir in Gallery Titanik

After the Solar Eclipse (2016)

Friday, May 27, 2016



Yellow Curtains 3, (2008)

Work from my series Equivocal is currently at view at the National Gallery of Iceland.
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. 

                                Installation view from LIGHTPAINT at The National Gallery of Iceland
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

                       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

No Site at Hafnarborg

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.