Latvian artist Ieva Epnere at Reykjavik Art Festival

From 12 May until 5 June the Reykjavik Art Festival is taking place in Iceland, where Latvian photographer Ieva Epnere will be exhibiting her photo series I Would Like to Be…

The series of portraits depicting Icelandic youngsters was made in 2006 during Ieva’s residency in Iceland, which was supported through the Nordic Council of Ministers’ grant program.  

"This portrait series of Icelandic youngsters appealed to me due to its view of the Nordic young generation, which differs from the already familiar masters of European photography (Thomas Hurmery, Rob Hornstra). Ieva’s work contains a particular kind of sensitivity and insightfulness. It reveals the youngsters as a silent social group, as individuals who are destined to eternal anticipation. [Her work] has never been exhibited in Iceland, so the festival is the right moment to do it. Maybe in collaboration with my Latvian colleague Inese Baranovska we will develop this projec furthert, engaging more artists both from Nordic and Baltic countries."
(Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir, curator of the urban environment project Reality Check)

For the first time in the history of the Reykjavik Art Festival, the focus of the visual art program lies entirely on photography. During the festival, as many as forty photo exhibitions will be arranged in the museums, exhibition halls, art centres and galleries of Reykjavik. The project will involve artists from different parts of the world. The most acclaimed participant is US photographer Cindy Sherman and her exhibition Untitled Film Stills, held at the National Gallery of Iceland. 

During the festival, Latvian art historian and art curator Inese Baranovska will deliver a speech on the latest trends in Latvian photography at the National Gallery of Iceland. Her participation in the festival was supported by the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture.

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