Katrín Elvarsdóttir I The Search for Truth

In her exhibition The Search for Truth, Katrín explores the blurred limits of imagination and reality and how our memories tend to gradually come free of reality until something in our surroundings – an unexpected texture, a glimpse of something, or a sound – brings the past back to life. In such moments, the past takes over our body and everything becomes clear for a second, before it recedes again to rejoin the narrative of our own life.

Katrín’s works reflect ideas that have come to the fore in Nordic photography in the last ten to twelve years and focus on notions of lyrical narrative. The photographer’s subject becomes, more often than not, the lyrical moment when the individual’s experiences cannot be separated from the surrounding reality. The photographs do not merely convey information about the external reality but also mediate a poetic feeling for the world and our physical and mental experience of the passing of time. The search for truth is therefore about how we encounter reality and how this search, begun already in childhood, shapes our vision of the world and our experiences as embodied beings in a world of things and memories.

Katrín Elvarsdóttir (born 1964) received a BFA from The Art Institute of Boston in 1993.

She has held numerous solo shows in Iceland and abroad, among them Double Happiness in Gerðarsafn 2016, Vanished Summer in Deborah Burke (New York) 2014 and ASÍ Art Museum 2013 and Nowhereland in Reykjavík Art Museum 2010.

Katrín has exhibited her work in numerous group exhibitions in Iceland and abroad, among them EIKON Award in Künstlerhaus Vienna, 2018, Human;Nature in Martin Asbæk Gallery Copenhagen, 2017, Cyclone3 in Titanik Gallery Turku, 2016. Four books have been published with Katrín’s photography: Mórar – nærvídd (2005), Equivocal (2012), Vanished Summer (2013) and Double Happiness (2016). The publishing house Crymogea has published all her newest books and overseen their distribution internationally.

Katrín has been nominated for various awards such as the Eikon Award (+45) 2017,  Deutsche Börse Photographic Prize 2009 and the Icelandic Visual Arts Copyright Association Honorary Award in 2007.

Past exhibitions

Björn Roth

March 3 – April 28, 2018


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


July 15 – August 13, 2016

Hulda Stefánsdóttir

May 21 – July 2, 2016

Finnbogi Pétursson

March 18 – May 7, 2016