Seminar: Separate and Together: Landscape Imagery and Icelandic Identity

The seminar Separate and Together: Landscape Imagery and Icelandic Identity was held on September 30th at Galleri Image at 2 PM.
30-09-2017 - 30-09-2017
Seminar: Separate and Together: Landscape Imagery and Icelandic Identity
The seminar Separate and Together: Landscape Imagery and Icelandic Identity was held on September 30th at 2 PM. The seminar was in connection with the then exhibition This Island Earth and centred on Icelandic contemporary art with a special focus on Danish-Icelandic relations.

Katrin Elvarsdóttir, photographic artist, curator, and co-director of The Icelandic Photography Festival. Elvarsdóttir presented the ideas and themes behind the exhibition This Island Earth which she curated. She discussed the exhibition's initial conception, the process of artist selection, and how working closely with the artists for more than a year lead to the eventual shape and final curation of This Island Earth.

Inga Lara Baldvinsdóttir, director of the Photographic Collection at the National Museum of Iceland. Baldvinsdóttir explored the role played by Denmark and the Danes in the history of photography in Iceland. Did Iceland’s status as part of the Kingdom of Denmark influence the photographic activity of Danes in Iceland?

Ann-Sofie Nielsen Gremaud, PhD in Art History and Cultural Studies from the University of Copenhagen. Gremaud discussed the curious mix of self-exotification and satirical meta-reflection used in contemporary depictions of Icelandic landscapes. Around the financial crash in 2008, old stereotypes and the long tradition of ambivalence connected to Iceland’s position as civilized nation was activated as a resource in re-building the national image abroad. But artists have been working with what she has called the "crypto-colonial" dynamics for much longer time - and in more and more critical ways.

Sigrun Alba Sigurðardóttir, curator and associate professor at the Icelandic Academy of Art. The past 20 years have seen a shift from post-modern aesthetics in Icelandic Contemporary Photography, towards a more phenomenological perspective that explores the relation between subjective end emotional truth on one hand and the outside world on the other hand. With a focus on poetic storytelling, Sigurðardóttir followed those traces from post-modern to poetic realism.

The seminar was be in English and ended with a panel discussion. 

The seminar was held at Galleri Image, in the lecture hall at Aarhus Kunstakademi, at 2 PM.

The exhibition This Island Earth is supported by The Danish Arts Foundation, AP Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal, Aarhus Stiftstidendes Fond, The City of Aarhus, The Danish-Icelandic Fund, The Foundation for Danish-Icelandic Cooperation, and Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond