Katrín Elvarsdóttir: The Search for Truth

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Open: 11am-5pm Tue-Fri, 1pm-5pm Sat

Klapparstígur 16, 101 Reykjavík - Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland
Open: 11am-5pm Tue-Fri, 1pm-5pm Sat


Katrín Elvarsdóttir: The Search for Truth

Katrín Elvarsdóttir: The Search for Truth
to Fri 3 Aug 2018
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In her exhibition The Search for Truth, Katrín explores the blurred limits of imagination and reality and how our memories tend to gradually come free of reality until something in our surroundings – an unexpected texture, a glimpse of something, or a sound – brings the past back to life.

BERG Contemporary Katrin Elvarsdottir 1

BERG Contemporary Katrin Elvarsdottir 2

BERG Contemporary Katrin Elvarsdottir 3

BERG Contemporary Katrin Elvarsdottir 7

BERG Contemporary Katrin Elvarsdottir 4

BERG Contemporary Katrin Elvarsdottir 6

In such moments, the past takes over our body and everything becomes clear for a second, before it recedes again to rejoin the narrative of our own life.

Katrín’s works reflect ideas that have come to the fore in Nordic photography in the last ten to twelve years and focus on notions of lyrical narrative. The photographer’s subject becomes, more often than not, the lyrical moment when the individual’s experiences cannot be separated from the surrounding reality. The photographs do not merely convey information about the external reality but also mediate a poetic feeling for the world and our physical and mental experience of the passing of time. The search for truth is therefore about how we encounter reality and how this search, begun already in childhood, shapes our vision of the world and our experiences as embodied beings in a world of things and memories.

Katrín Elvarsdóttir (born 1964) received a BFA from The Art Institute of Boston in 1993.

She has held numerous solo shows in Iceland and abroad, among them Double Happiness in Gerðarsafn 2016, Vanished Summer in Deborah Burke (New York) 2014 and ASÍ Art Museum 2013 and Nowhereland in Reykjavík Art Museum 2010.

Katrín has exhibited her work in numerous group exhibitions in Iceland and abroad, among them EIKON Award in Künstlerhaus Vienna, 2018, Human;Nature in Martin Asbæk Gallery Copenhagen, 2017, Cyclone3 in Titanik Gallery Turku, 2016. Four books have been published with Katrín’s photography: Mórar – nærvídd(2005), Equivocal (2012), Vanished Summer (2013) and Double Happiness (2016). The publishing house Crymogea has published all her newest books and overseen their distribution internationally.

Katrín has been nominated for various awards such as the Eikon Award (+45) 2017, Deutsche Börse Photographic Prize 2009 and the Icelandic Visual Arts Copyright Association Honorary Award in 2007.

Courtesy of the artist and BERG Contemporary, Reykjavík

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