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About Time - Diary of Twenty Months

In fall 2018 Einar Falur started working on a visual diary he planned to wrap up in 18 months. But when it came towards the planned end the Covid-19 pandemic hit and changed the world. And the diary stretched to 20 months as it affected the life of the photographer‘s family, like everybody else, and became an important part of the diary.

In this visual diary Einar Falur looks at his life and background in a young, small and homogenous society, culturally and socially, and in a subjective way compares it to some of the most important sources of the culture that has shaped western society, including the Icelandic one. He choose to work in Varanasi, India‘s oldest and holiest city where the layers of time can be seen everywhere; in Rome in Italy, where medieval European culture was in many ways formed, including various influences on western art; and in Egypt, where more cultural roots of modern time can be found, with endless layers of time.

The work is produced quite objectively on a large format camera but loaded with subjective connections and meanings. On his travels Einar Falur used as inspiration the work of many other artists, for instance in Rome the work of the painter Caravaggio (1571-1610) and the photographers Robert Turnbull Macpherson (1814-1872) and Joel Sternfeld (b. 1944).

While photographing the diary Einar Falur produced and published 14 limited-edition books, his visual diary. These books form the core of About Time – Diary of Twenty Months, a book he publishes in January 2022, at the same time the first exhibition of the work opens in BERG Contemporary, Reykjavik.


Upcoming exhibitions


Bernd Koberling

May 28 – August 6, 2022


Past exhibitions


Dieter Roth

November 13 – December 23, 2021


Hulda Stefánsdóttir

September 18 – November 6, 2021


stance I linear narratives

June 16 – September 4, 2021


Sigurður Guðjónsson

April 9 – June 5, 2021


Haraldur Jónsson

December 19, 2020 – February 27, 2021


Páll Haukur

November 9, 2019 – January 11, 2020


Styrmir Örn Guðmundsson

September 13 – November 2, 2019


Event Horizon

August 10 – September 7, 2019


Cheating the Constant

June 21 – August 2, 2019


Bjarni H. Þórarinsson

March 2 – April 17, 2019


Rósa Gísladóttir

January 19 – February 23, 2019


John Zurier

October 12 – December 22, 2018


Kees Visser

August 17 – October 6, 2018


Katrín Elvarsdóttir

May 11 – August 3, 2018


Björn Roth

March 3 – April 28, 2018


#currentmood

November 3 – December 22, 2017


Dodda Maggý

August 18 – October 21, 2017


Steina & Woody Vasulka

May 11 – August 4, 2017


Kristján Steingrímur

March 11 – April 29, 2017


Monika Grzymala

January 14 – February 25, 2017


Haraldur Jónsson

October 28 – December 10, 2016


Sigurður Guðjónsson

September 2 – October 22, 2016


Rotation

July 15 – August 13, 2016


Hulda Stefánsdóttir

May 21 – July 2, 2016


Finnbogi Pétursson

March 18 – May 7, 2016