During 2010’s NICE festival, the Mezzanine Gallery of the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester hosted two exhibitions staged by members of the Curated Place team; Andlit norðursins (Faces of the North) by Ragnar Axelsson and Eyjafjallajökull by Anna Maria Sigurjonsdottir.
Icelandic photographer Anna Marie Sigurjonsdottir displayed a series of stunning images that captured the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, the Icelandic volcano that caused a giant ash cloud to disrupt international air travel in April 2010.
Anna Maria Sigurjonsdottir holds an MFA in photography and lived in the US for 8 years. She runs a film and television production company and also works as a freelance photographer. She has held over 25 solo and group exhibitions, including the Nordatlantens Brygge (Copenhagen) in 2011. Her images have been published internationally in books and magazines.
Ragnar Axelsson’s Faces of the North exhibited photographs narrating a vanishing way of life in Iceland, the Faroes and Greenland from over the past fifteen years.
Born in 1958, Ragnar Axelsson (also known as RAX) is one of Iceland’s most famous photographers. He has worked as a staff photographer for the Icelandic newspaper “Morning Paper” since 1976 and has been published in Life, National Geographic, and amongst others. Ragnar is also a recipient of the 2001 Oskar Barnack Award, which is awarded to photographers whose “powers of observation most vividly express man’s relationship to his environment”.