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This Island Earth

This Island Earth by Galleri ImageThis Island Earth
Claudia HausfeldHallgerður HallgrímsdóttirKristin Sigurðardóttir, Pétur Thomsen and Stuart Richardson
Published by Galleri Image

64 pages
210 x 210 mm.

This Island Earth is a catalogue contains works from the This Island Earth exhibition as well as texts by curator Katrín Elvarsdóttir and Art Historian Ann-Sofie Nielsen Gremaud, PhD. Halldór Elvarsdóttir has been responsible for the graphic design and the catalogue has been printed by Narayana Press.

About the Exhibition
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 mysterious scenes where artificial light creates ominous ambiances while others work with the deconstruction of the photographic image.

About the Publisher
Galleri Image is a nonprofit exhibition space for photo-based art. It was founded in 1977 by a group of artists seeking to have the medium of photography recognised as an art form on an equal footing with painting and sculpture.