31.5.–28.6.2013, Frontiers of Another Nature – Pictures from Iceland

Photographic Gallery Hippolyte


Yrjönkatu 8–10 (courtyard), 00120 Helsinki, Finland, +358 9 612 33 44, www.hippolyte.fi

Open: Tue–Fri 12–17, Sat–Sun 12–16
 (Closed 21–23 June 2013)



Katrín Elvarsdóttir
Bára Kristinsdóttir
Einar Falur Ingólfsson
Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson
Pétur Thomsen

Landscape and nature are the first things one commonly thinks of when talking of Icelandic photography. The extreme landscape of lava deserts, numerous waterfalls, valleys and glaciers, climate and constant geological activity are permanent offerings for travel, nature or scientific photographers. These genres as sources of awe and examination are multi-fold in publications and web sites. Even a website of a farm next to Eyjafjallajökull displays updates of the landscape conditions of the 2010 eruption site.

Frontiers of Another Nature accepts a greater challenge to approach this theme from perspectives, other than the representation of classic landscape. The exhibition is a selection of Icelandic photographic artists, emerging and established, who work in classic photographic print media. These artists repeatedly draw from the landscape and environment in their work.

Frontiers of Another Nature examines how the photographic arts are essential in examining individual derivations, which constitute the complexities of Icelanders’ undeniable relationship to their natural environment. This exhibition will introduce ambiguous environments, in which the photographers themselves investigate and build visual narratives around/upon the expanse of land, or the loss of it. Here the landscape often performs as metaphor for desire, alienation, magnificence and awe, tradition and rebellion or achievement and deficit.


Location_4929 001Spessi, from series Location, 2007

Thank You:
Icelandic Art Center, Embassy of Iceland in Helsinki, Inspired by Iceland, & Ljósmyndasafn Reykjavíkur – Reykjavik Museum of Photography