Taking a photograph can seem so simple – just the push of a button – almost an objet trouvé, a recording of photons meeting molecules. It is mysterious and emotional, with aesthetics and instincts coming to play, but also decidedly rooted in the scientific. The artist thinks about how people see, in connection with the medium of photography – how three dimensional spaces, things and fleeting moments are interpreted through this two dimensional, static medium. The works are made with human spatial vision in mind, as well as the machines we have created to see and document the visual world in a way we understand. Mostly.
Hallgerður Hallgrímsdóttir‘s practice is for the most part based in photography. She holds a degree in fine art photography from Glasgow School of Art and she also graduated from the MFA programme at Akademin Valand in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2019. Her work has been exhibited in various places, such as The Photographer’s Gallery in London, Hasselblad Center in Gothenburg, Fondazione Fotografia Modena, Akureyri Art Museum, Reykjavík Museum of Photography and Reykjavík Art Museum. In 2016, she self-published the photo book Hvassast, portraying the eerie beauty of the Icelandic everyday, and in 2018 a book of her poetry and pictures, Límkenndir dagar, was published by Flóra, Akureyri. Hallgerður lives and works in Reykjavík.
The curator of the exhibition is Unnar Örn Auðarson.