Sunday June 28th at 3 p.m. Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson and Stuart Richardson talk to museum guests and discuss their work in the exhibition No Site now on display at Hafnarborg’s main gallery.
The exhibition No site is an exhibition of the works of eight artists living in Iceland who are turning their gaze towards Icelandic nature. Björn Árnason, Claudia Hausfeld, Daniel Reuter, Edda Fransisca Kjarval, Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson, Katrín Elvarsdóttir, Pétur Thomsen and Stuart Richardson all work with photography as a medium. The works are all made in the timespan 2008 – 2015. The curators are Áslaug Íris Friðjónsdóttir and Unnur Mjöll S. Leifsdóttir.
Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson lives and works in Reykajvik. He studied in The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in den Haag and graduated from The Icelandic Academy of Visual Art in 2007. Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson’s artistic practice is situated somewhere in between art photography and documentary – often with a documentary view as starting point and the artistic way of looking at things and creating images as the result. His images are often emptied of human physical presence just showing the landscapes and sites constructed by humans in all its mess and glory. His work is not moralising or strictly political just posing some questions making us reflect on how we treat landscapes – nature’s as well as the urban landscape.
Stuart Richardson is photographer and printer based in Reykjavik. Originally a student of Russian and Japanese history, he first became interested in photography while on a Fulbright in Vladivostok, Russia. The initial interest grew and he left academia to pursue a career in photography. Largely self-taught, he refined his skills through classes at the International Center of Photography in New York and the Maine Media Workshops. After a visit in the summer of 2005, he fell in love with Iceland, and he subsequently moved there in 2008. In 2009, he opened Custom Photo Lab, where he specializes in printing exhibitions and providing photographic services for fellow photographers and artists. His photography is characterized by the attention paid to subtle details and forms in the natural environment, as well as the interactions between humans and the landscape.
More on the exhibition here.