This Island Earth -contemporary photography from Iceland

19.05.2018 - 08.07.2018

Opening on Friday 18th of May at 5pm.

The exhibition is opened by the Head of Department of Culture Samu Forsblom

Curator Katrin Elvarsdóttir and Hallgerður Hallgrimsdóttir will be present at the opening.

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 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 exhibition has been curated by Katrin Elvarsdóttir who, in addition to being and artist and curator, is the director of The Icelandic Photography Festival in Reykjavik. The five participating artists in This Island Earth are Stuart Richardson, Kristín Sigurðardóttir, Claudia Hausfeld, Pétur Thomsen, and Hallgerður Hallgrimsdóttir.   

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. 

-Katrin Elvarsdóttir 


The exhibition is produced by Galleri Image from Denmark. It is a part of Nordic Photography Network cooperation. The Icelandic-Finnish Culture Fund has supported the exhibition.




Stuart Richardson: Lighthous


  • Stuart Richardson
  • Petur Thomsen
  • Kristín Sigurðardóttir
  • Hallgerður Hallgrimsdótti
  • Claudia Hausfeld