This Island Earth

In this exhibition, five photographic artists living in Iceland turned their gaze towards nature. All five artists presented works that seem to challenge the viewer's sense of reality in relation to nature.
18-08-2017 - 01-10-2017
Fotografi, video
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 a lighthouse as the only source of light. Kristín Sigurðardóttir prints, folds, and scans photographs and creates multi-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 the photographic 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 journey 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. 

In connection with the exhibition we published a richly illustrated catalog with texts by the exhibitions curator Katrín Elvarsdottir and Ann-Sofie Nielsen Gremaud, PhD and Art Historian.

Events during the exhibition
The opening of the exhibition was part of Gallery Night Aarhus, where 5 Aarhus galleries combined their forces to create an evening full of Art events. For this reason the opening party was extended to 7 PM. The other galleries that participated in Gallery Night are Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Gallerie MøllerWitt, Galleri Profilen, and Galleri Jacob Bjørn.

The day after the opening, on August 19th at 2 PM, four of the artists featured in the exhibition, Hallgerður Hallgrímsdóttir, Kristín Sigurðardóttir, Pétur Thomsen, and Stuart Richardson gave artists talks at Galleri Image. 

During Photobook Week Aarhus on Sunday September 24th Claudia Hausfeld conducted a workshop on print making in collaboration with Mørkekammeret (The Dark Room) at Godsbanen Cultural Production Centre. 

Photobook Week Aarhus had a focus on landscape photography this year. For the festival Katrin Elvarsdóttir curated a selection of contemporary Icelandic photobooks which could be seen at the Aarhus School of Architecture's library.

On September 30th we hosted the seminar Separate and together: Landscape Imagery and Icelandic Identity on contemporary Icelandic art with a particular focus on Danish-Icelandic relations. The participants at the seminar were Ann-Sofie Nielsen Gremaud, Ph.D.of Arts and Cultural Studies from the University of Copenhagen, Katrin Elvarsdóttir, curator and co-director of The Icelandic Photography Festival, Sigrun Alba Sigurðardóttir, curator and associate professor at the Icelandic Academy of Art, and Inga Lara Baldvinsdóttir, director of Photographic collection at the National Museum of Iceland. 

The exhibition was 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, The Foundation for Danish-Icelandic Cooperation, and Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond.