Artist´s talk: Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson

Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson will discuss his exhibition Deltas next Sunday, 24 January at 3 p.m. Ingvar Högni and Katrín Elvarsdóttir exhibit their photographic series at Gerðarsafn as part of the Icelandic Photography Festival.

Ingvar Högni exhibits his series Deltas of Bucharest made as a result of a three week residency at ARCUB in Romania in 2015. In the series, he sheds a light on the quiet moments of people's lives and their everyday surroundings. The capital of Romania is a city with a complex and diverse history. Social housing from the communist period (1945-1989) still prevails and approximately 60% of the population lives in poverty and have few opportunities. Ingvar Högni revealing a complicated and layered social class that still remains in the country, for example the photographs from Vacaresti-area outside of Bucharest. The area used to be a grown rural area that was cleared away in order to create a man-made river. Little has happened in the area since 1998 and Mother Nature has made its mark on the place. Today groups of people live in this green paradise that is placed between in the conflict between the state and former homeowners that were forced to leave. Ingvar Högni gives a personal insight to past traumas or future hopes of his subjects. The many voices of the narrative in the series appear directly in the titles of the works.

Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson (b. 1981) graduated from The Icelandic Academy of the Arts in 2007 having previously studied at the Den Koninklijke Academie von Beeldende Kunsten, Den Haag. In 2015 he was nominated for the internationally acclaimed Foam Paul Huf Awards for artists under 35. In past years has been chosen as an Icelandic representative in various photographic projects including The ARCUB project, Nordic Now: Contemporary Scandinavian Photography, 2014; Inner and Outer Landscapes, Centrum för photografi - Stockholm, Frontiers of Another Nature, Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki, Finland and Frankfurt Kunstverein, Frankfurt 2011-2013. Icelandic exhibitions include the group show No place, Hafnarborg, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland, 2015 and solo exhibition, Walls, Reykjavik Photographic Museum, 2012.
The talk will be held in Icelandic.

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