Icelandic Art Center
Icelandic Art Center
Orri Jónsson

Orri Jónsson (b. 1970) is a photographer and musician. He graduated with a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1996 and did his graduate studies in Documentary Media from Ryerson University in 2014-2016. Orri dedicated thirteen years to documenting the disappearing world of abandoned farms in Iceland. The resulting photographs have been exhibited widely in Europe and Iceland and were published in the book Interiors, by Steidl in 2011. Orri´s long-term project is photographing his family. The first exhibition of this work, spanning three decades, opened at i8 gallery in 2018 and will also be published as a book by Steidl in 2019.

Orri’s work is a testament to his sensitivity towards his subject and manifests a process that has pushed him in the direction of media that are able to capture the infinity of the moment. The intensity, concentration and attention given to each project thus become inseparable from the work itself.

Alongside his photography, Orri is also part of the musical duo Slowblow, which has released several records and composed and produced music for all of the films of director Dagur Kári Pétursson, such as Nói AlbinóiVoksne Mennesker and The Good Heart. In 2011 Orri was one of the directors of Grandma Lo-fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigrídur Níelsdóttir.