Opening Today: Photography Graduate Exhibition - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Opening Today: Photography Graduate Exhibition

Opening Today: Photography Graduate Exhibition

Published January 30, 2016

Hrefna Björg Gylfadóttir
Photos by
Photography students

Graduates from the School of Photography in Iceland will celebrate their graduation by exhibiting their final photography projects. Their projects tackle diverse subjects such as environmentalism, 101 shopkeepers, cosmopolitanism, and much more, drawing inspiration from a varied selection of ideologies and techniques.

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#101Shopkeepers
By Helga Nina Aas

Helga’s portraits honour the shopkeepers of 101 Reykjavík who have been hard hit by downtown developments. While tourism in Iceland is growing and hotels are being built, rent gets higher and many shopkeepers are forced to close their stores, many of which have had an impact on downtown Reykjavík’s character.

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Brothætt Byggð
By Unnur Ósk Kristinsdóttir

Unnur tackles the discussion of abandoned communities in smaller towns of Iceland. Towns that were full of life not so long ago that are now all but empty. She asks at what point communities stop being communities, using Hrísey as an example. Hrísey is a town with a current population of 90, but just a few years back it had 200 people.

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The fall from Paradise
By Ellen Inga Hannesdóttir

Ellen’s photos get the viewer to consider how western consumption has had a negative effect on the environment. We are bombarded with news about various environmental subjects and statistics, and yet seem unmoved—have we become jaded and over saturated to those kinds of messages?

The exhibition is hosted at Læknaminjasafnið, Neströð Nesstofu, and opens on January 30. The exhibition is open until February 7 and admission is free!
There’s an opening party on January 30 at 15:00, after which the exhibit is open from 15:00-20:00 during the week, and 12:00-18:00 on weekends.
Check out the event here!

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