Saturday, January 12, 2019

Bára Kristinsdóttir - Life is Everywhere

Icelandic photographer Bára Kristinsdóttir kindly sent me her bookwork It All Has a Story which was self published last year in an edition of 300 copies. The book is in memory of Elias Guomundsson (1937 - 2017) and the pictures were made in the workshop of Nylon Coatings in the Icelandic district of Garðabær. The book is beautifully conceived and photographed, the reader is left with an overwhelming feeling of the impermanence of all things.

Bára Kristinsdóttir says this: The pictures in the book are symbolic of a vanished world... The screw, the snagged, worn chair - all have a story. But who should tell them all? And where do the stories that are never told go? Things we have around us but rarely give attention... We hardly see them, yet they have roles, they matter. And someone has built these things, with care... The person who has built them matters, and has a story. This story has to be told. Screw, snagged, worn chair. And the man. It adds something to our life...thinking about all the people who have been sitting in the worn chair. And gradually, we realise that life is everywhere. There is something really good about that thinking. 

Bára Kristinsdóttir studied photography in Gothenburg. She has had several solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions both in Iceland and abroad including the Reykjavík Museum of Photography, Scandinavia House in New York and Frankfurt Kunstverein. Bára has also worked regularly for the New York Times. She is the founding member of the Association of Icelandic Contemporary Photographers, FÍSL. Bára founded and has run Ramskram, which is an exhibition space for contemporary photography.

You can go to Bára Kristinsdóttir's website HERE.

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