This Island Earth | Galleri Image, Aarhus Denmark
Galleri Image: Vestergade 29, 8000 Aarhus
18. August– 31. August 2017
Opening: Friday August 18 at 4-7 PM
Kristin Kristjánsdóttir from the Embassy of Iceland Copenhagen
will open the exhibition.
Five photographic artists living in Iceland turn their gaze towards nature. 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.
In connection with the exhibition we will publish 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 will be part of Gallery Night Aarhus, where 5 Aarhus galleries combine their forces to create an evening full of Art events. For this reason the opening party will be extended to 7 PM. Join us! The other galleries participating 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 will give artists talks at Galleri Image. The talks are freely open to the public.
During Photobook Week Aarhus 21 – 24 September an exhibition on Icelandic Contemporary Photobooks will be presented.
Sunday September 24th Claudia Hausfeld will conduct a workshop on print making in collaboration with Mørkekammeret (The Dark Room) at Godsbanen cultural production centre. Reserve a space by contacting Galleri 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 participants at the seminar are 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 seminar will be held at Galleri Image and is free to the public.
On the same day, September 30th, the exhibition i.s.l.a.n.d featuring three local Danish artists, who have worked in Iceland, will open at Mellemrummet at Godsbanen Center for Cultural Production. The three featured artists are Bodil Sohn, Else Isaksen, and Maja Ingerslev. The exhibition is a collaboration between Galleri Image and Aarhus Center for Visual Art
About the artists
Born in 1973 in Reykjavík Iceland, lives and works in Sólheimar Iceland.
Pétur Thomsen has in recent years attracted attention, both in Iceland and abroad for his projects “Imported Landscape” and Umhverfing, both of which deal with man’s attempt to dominate nature. Man’s transformation of nature into environment.
Pétur Thomsen has received numerous awards and prizes. In 2004 he won The 10th LVMH young artists’ award. In 2005 he was selected by the Musée de L’Élysée in Lausanne for reGeneration 50 Photographers of Tomorrow.
The exhibition Imported landscape in the National Gallery of Iceland was selected the exhibition of the year 2010 in Iceland. Pétur Thomsen is founding member and former Chairman of FíSL, The Icelandic Contemporary Photography Association.
Mysterious landscapes, intriguing portraits and daily situations rediscovered; Hallgerður focuses her artistic work on the medium of photography. With a flair for editing she creates series with found photographs as well as her own. These unusual images are reinvented in their new context and speak not only of what is portrayed in the image but, almost more importantly, of the medium of photography itself. The viewer finds in Hallgerður’s work a reflection on photography as a whole, questioning the contemporary use of the medium whilst reflecting on the past and the future of it. Without nostalgia Hallgerður speaks of the everyday and it’s ‘non-events’, allowing the onlooker to gain a different perspective on the mundane and life itself.
Claudia was born in Berlin and lives and works in Reykjavík. She studied photography at the Zürich University of the Arts, Switzerland and graduated from the Art Academy of Iceland in 2012. She has been an active member in several artist run exhibition spaces in Switzerland, Denmark and Iceland.
Claudia Hausfeld creates spaces that play with the reliability of the visual. She works primarily with the deconstruction of the photographic image. Memory, perception and the sense of reality that is inherent in photography is being put to a test. Questions about the representation of what is visible are translated into objects and text works, combining sculpture, images and sound.
Kristín Sigurðardóttir graduated in 2010 with Bachelor Degree in Fine Art from Iceland. Her work has been published by Grymogea and shown in Iceland, UK, Faroe Island and the US. She is currently studying MFA Photography in Parsons The New School of design.