This Island Earth

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This Island Earth

Stuart Richardson, Kristín Sigurðardóttir, Claudia Hausfeld, Pétur Thomsen, Hallgerður Hallgrimsdóttir

From August 18, 2017 until October 01, 2017

Opening: Friday August 18th, 2017 at 4pm

At Galleri Image - Get directions Vestergade 29, 8000 Aarhus, Danmark

This Island Earth

In this exhibition, five photographic artists living in Iceland turn their gaze towards nature. Since the beginning, landscape photography has been a leading force in the Icelandic photographic scene, and its key mission has been to promote Iceland internationally and to preserve Icelandic national identity. The genre continues to play a crucial role in the photographic scene today. In This Island Earth, each artists' approach is a highly personal one, which leads to a diversity in the composition and texture of the exhibited works - yet parallels can be found. A common characteristic of the works, which include both photography and video, is that they all test our sense of reality in relation to nature and landscape imagery.

The five participating artists in This Island Earth are Stuart Richardson, Kristín Sigurðardóttir, Claudia Hausfeld, Pétur Thomsen, and Hallgerður Hallgrimsdóttir. The exhibition is curated by Katrin Elvarsdóttir who, in addition to being and artist and curator, is the director of The Icelandic Photography Festival in Reykjavik. Stuart Richardson documents the landscape around a narrow inlet  in the eastern part of Iceland using the light beam from the Dalatangi lighthouse as the only source of light. Kristín Sigurðardóttir prints, folds, and scans photographs and creates multu-layered compositions, which float in space, and manipulates, pushes and pulls the concept of time. Claudia Hausfeld creates spaces that challenge the reliability of visual perception and works with deconstruction of thephotographic image. Pétur Thomsen's landscape photography shows us how time leaves its poetic traces on the world. Hallgerður Hallgrimsdóttir takes the viewer on a dramatic journet to an unknown place with a series of black and white images juxtaposing nature with her intimate self-portraits. All five artists present works that seem to challenge the viewer's sense of reality in relation to nature - some show us mystrious scenes where artificial light creates ominous ambiances while others work with the deconstruction of the photographic image.

On September 30th we will host the seminar Separate and together: Landscape Imagery and Icelandic Identity on contemporary Icelandic art with a particular focus on Danish-Icelandic connections. The seminar is held in collaboration with the Aarhus Center for Visual Art on Godsbanen, Aarhus.

The exhibition is kindly supported by The Danish Arts Foundation, A
P Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal, Aarhus Stiftstidendes Fond, The City of Aarhus, The Danish-Icelandic Fund, and Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond.
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