Curated Place welcomes the Icelandic photographer Anna María Sigurjónsdóttir to the UK at this year's Salisbury International Arts Festival. Her exhibition, Eyjafjallajökull, opens on the 23 May in Salisbury Arts Centre and takes the audience through the otherworldly landscapes and histories of volcanic Iceland. Displaying 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.
Although one of the smaller volcanoes in the island the eruption of the 14 April 2010 brought Iceland to the front pages of the world's press. The power of the volcano was fuelled by glacial meltwater rapidly cooling the emergent lava and increasing the explosive power of the eruption resulting in fine glass-rich ash being ejected over 8 kilometres in the atmosphere. Anna María Sigurjónsdóttir's dramatic photography captures the enormity of the eruption whilst retaining the human scale and impact of the events.
About: Known for her explorations of her native land both socially and geographically Anna Maria Sigurjonsdottir holds an MFA in photography. She runs a film and television production company and also works as a freelance photographer. She has held over 30 solo and group exhibitions, including the Nordatlantens Brygge (Copenhagen) in 2011. Her images have been published internationally in books and magazines. In 2013 she published a photography book on the interior of Iceland - drawing attention to the uninhabited highlands with all it's wonders and dangers. An exploration inspired by the dramatic events of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption.