Hallgerður Hallgrímsdóttir

Hallgerður Hallgrímsdóttir was born 1984 in Reykjavik and is currently living and working in Reykjavik.

Mysterious landscapes, intriguing portraits and daily situations rediscovered; she focuses her artistic work on the medium of photography. Her works often concern the photographic medium itself, how it is both mysterious and emotional, with aesthetics and instincts coming to play while also decidedly rooted in the scientific.

Hallgerður has a MFA from Valand Academy in Gothenburg, Sweden. Previously she studied her BA in Fine Art Photography at Glasgow School of Art. In the past years she has exhibited work in various places around the world. Her photo book, Hvassast, portraying the eerie beauty of the Icelandic everyday, came out in 2016.

During my stay in Helsinki I will be partaking in the Nordic Analogue Network programme, working as a guest of Mörk darkroom. My goal is to become better in the darkroom, apply myself to dive into the techniques and chemistry of black and white darkroom printing. I plan to do this through making an art work which conceptually and aesthetically needs to be made using the analogue back and white process. In a meta-fashion the chemistry and instruments used to create the work will also become the subject of the work. I think a deeper understanding of the photographic medium is as important now as ever.

Hallgerður Hallgrímsdóttir’s residency is realised in collaboration with the Finnish Darkroom Association.