Thursday, June 21, 2018

Nature as Playground

The Museum of Photography, Seoul


Nature as Playground, Korean and Nordic Contemporary Photography at The Museum of Photography Seoul. Curated by Sunyoung Kim, Pirkko Siitari and Beate Cegielska.  Artist's in the exhibition are Hyong-Ryol Bak, Katrín Elvarsdóttir, Park Hyung-Geun, Ilkka Halso, Won Seoung Won, Maja Ingerslev, Yi Hyuk Jun, Sanna Kannisto, Taewon Jang, Riitta Paivalainen, Pétur Thomsen

                                           Vanished Summer 15 and Vanished Summer 14.

In the series Vanished Summer I am inspired by the Icelandic author Gyrdir Eliasson’s texts on solitude and isolation that oscillate between the logical and the fantastic and explore the relationship between man and his surroundings. The seriesincludes photographs of Trailers in summer and winter, inscrutable pictures of nature and of unoccupied houses where man-made environment creates a frame for the imagination of the spectator.

From the series Vanished Summer 

(installation photos by Maja Ingerslev)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Search for Truth at BERG Contemporary

I have new work on view at BERG Contemporary in the exhibition The Search for Truth that opened last weekend.

In the new series of photographs I'm exploring the blurred limits of imagination and reality and how our memories tend to gradually come free of reality until something in our surroundings – an unexpected texture, a glimpse of something, or a sound – brings the past back to life. In such moments, the past takes over our body and everything becomes clear for a second, before it recedes again to rejoin the narrative of our own life.

The photographs do not merely convey information about the external reality but also mediate a poetic feeling for the world and our physical and mental experience of the passing of time. The search for truth is therefore about how we encounter reality and how this search, begun already in childhood, shapes our vision of the world and our experiences as embodied beings in a world of things and memories.

The exhibition is on view until August 3rd, for opening hours check:

Monday, February 26, 2018

The EIKON Award (+45) at Künstlerhaus 1050 Vienna


The EIKON Award (+45) at Künstlerhaus 1050

On the occasion of the 100th issue of EIKON – International Magazine for Photography and Media     Art, the EIKON Award (45+) was launched under the patronage of VALIE EXPORT for European women photographers and media artists’ aged 45 and over.

The aim of the award is not only to survey the current conditions in women’s art production, but to focus on the conditions for present day production of women's art, delays in artistic development and practice for late entrants or returning artists and to make a wider public aware of them.

Following the idea of a European exchange in times of current splitting tendencies, the exhibition initiates an interdisciplinary dialogue between the three award-winning artists, SusanMacWilliam, Katrín Elvarsdóttir and Gabriele Rothemann. Thus creating a tour at whose stopping points we are constantly reminded of the unconscious, the spiritual and the (non-) transparent, which are recurring themes in the worlds of all three artists.

The EIKON Award exhibition at Künstlerhaus 1050 will be open from February 16 - April 14th 2108.
For more information check:

Monday, February 5, 2018

Embody at Kopavogur Art museum

                                  Embody / Líkamleiki

The exhibition Embody is a meditation on the human body and manifested in contemporary art. The exhibition presents selected works by artists who share the common factor of referencing the body and embodiment in various ways. For more information check out : Kopavogur Art Museum.

                                                       Vanished Summer 7 (2013)

"In Katrín Elvarsdóttir's Vanished Summer (2013) the interaction of man environment resides in surroundings which are natural and at the same time manmade. Organic forms and circles are repeated in the work, and between the works in the show, where the boundary between nature and humanity becomes blurred"

 Brynja Sveinsdóttir, Curator

Thursday, November 23, 2017



    EIKON Award (+45)

EIKON #100 a special issue with three different covers by Susan MacWilliam, Katrín Elvarsdóttir, and Gabriele Rothemann.

I´m honored to be one of the three women awarded the EIKON Award +45.
On the occasion of the 100th issue of EIKON, the EIKON Award (45+) was launched under the patronage of VALIE EXPORT for European women photographers and media artists aged 45 and over. The addressees are oftentimes excluded from awards by age restrictions, in addition to still being marginalized on the art market on the basis of multiple aspects of their sexual identity. The aim of the award is not only to survey the current conditions in women’s art production, but also to draw attention to and sensitize a broad public for the delays in artistic development and practice of both late entrants and returning artists. 

My portfolio is published in EIKON magazine along with a feature by Lucas Gehrmann Art Historian and Curator of Kunstalle Wien. The special issue is available here: EIKON shop.

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