8 February – 24 March 2018 | Opening this Thursday, February 8th, at 5 -7 pm.
Time does not exist, no more than the absence of time. Yet, we experience time as the growth and ageing of our loved ones, as the movement of a raindrop upon our living room window.
Immersed in a non-existent time, humanity drifts between thoughts of the past and the future, granting each moment only a fickle touch. And still we tag along, tethered to the concept of time, alone or together; we live, we move around, breathe and sigh, rejoice and become angry, reconcile and aspire to mature, together as a family.
In a world without time, the photograph captures what we would call a moment, this mystifying unit that contains the past but always resonates with both the present and what is yet to come.
For his first exhibition at i8 Gallery, Orri exhibits photographs that span three decades of his family history. The works form part of a larger piece, to be released shortly in a book with the German publisher Steidl. They effortlessly present the ingredients of everyday existence, beauty without affectation, intimacy without intrusiveness, photography unconscious of an ideological approach or intent; work where the motivation is love of the subject and the urge to remember.
Bypassing chronology, Orri creates an assemblage of photographs of his wife, their children, combined with images of cityscapes and landscapes specific to places where the family has made their home.
This allows for the surfacing of numerous and ever-changing connections between images, locations, realms and different stages of life. With each view of the exhibition, the spectator is invited to sense these connections and reflect on their own lives and family dynamics.
This is an approach to photography in its clearest essence – not rooted in ideology but rather deriving from a perception and curiosity about what it means to go through life as part of a family.
Orri Jónsson (b. Reykjavik, 1970) is a photographer and musician. He graduated with a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1996. He had his first solo show at Kaffi Mokka in 1998 and has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows since. His solo shows include Robert Morat Galerie (2014), The Reykjavik Museum of Photography (2011), Gallerí Skuggi (2002) and Galleri Image (2001). Group shows include Changing Faces: Work, at Museum Folkwang – Essen (2006), and the travelling show Paysages Islandais, at Galerie Fnac, throughout France (2004–2010).
Orri dedicated thirteen years to documenting the disappearing world of abandoned Icelandic farms, the results of which appeared in the book Interiors, published by Steidl in 2011.
Orri’s work is a testament to his sensitivity towards his subject and manifests a process that has pushed him in the direction of media that are able to capture the infinity of the moment. The intensity, concentration and attention given to each project thus become inseparable from the work itself.
Alongside his photography, Orri is also part of the musical duo Slowblow, which has released several records and composed and produced music for all of the films of director Dagur Kári Pétursson, such as Nói Albinói, Voksne Mennesker and The Good Heart. In 2011 Orri was one of the directors of Grandma Lo-fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigrídur Níelsdóttir.
An accompanying monograph will be published by Steidl in 2019.
Steidl has previously published Orri’s book Interiors