Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson: Deltas

15/1 - 27/2 2016

Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson shows a series of photographs taken during a three-week residency at ARCUB in Romania in 2015. He has chosen to focus on the calm atmosphere of basic everyday life, bringing out a personal perspective on the environment and the individual. The Romanian capital Bucharest has a complex history. There is an ongoing major housing shortage, and the social housing of the Communist era (1945-1989) is still in use. Over 60% of the city‘s population live in poverty, with limited opportunities. Ingvar Högni enters into the complicated interplay of society and its class divisions – for example with his photographs taken in Vacaresti, just outside Bucharest: in the past this was a dispersed but thriving region, but it was eliminated to make way for a canal. Little has happened here since 1988, and Mother Nature has taken over. In this dreamlike verdant expanse people are still to be found living, due to a dispute over ownership of the land from which the residents were evicted by the state. Individual stories of past losses or of hopes for the future are clearly expressed in Ingvar Högni's approach; and the multivoiced narrative or dialogue between the photographer and his subject is made explicit in the titles of the photographs. 

Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson (b. 1981) graduated from the Iceland Academy of Arts in 2007, having previously studied at De Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten in the Hague. In 2015 he was nominated for the international Foam Paul Huf Awards for young artists. He has been selected to represent Icelandic photographers in many projects in recent years, including the ARCUB, Nordic Now: Contemporary Scandinavian Photography, 2014; Inner and Outer Landscapes, Centrum för fotografi, Stockholm, Northern Photographic Center, Oulu, Finland, Fotografisk Center in Copenhagen, Denmark, 2014 -2015, Frontiers of Another Nature, Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki, Finland, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany, 2011-2013, U-landed, Färgfabriken Norr, Östersund, Sweden, and Reality Check, Reykjavik Arts Festival, 2010. Icelandic exhibitions include the group show No place at Hafnarborg, Hafnarfjörður, 2015 and solo exhibition Walls at the Reykjavik Museum of Photography, 2012.