History is fragile as our minds and seldom reliable as a source of truthful facts. Iceland has developed rapidly over the last 100 years and gone through drastic changes. What will remain of our history and what will stand the test of time. There is a part of Iceland that is slowly fading away and is almost erased from our living memory and that is the time of WW2. Iceland benefited greatly from that tragedy and suffered little loss. The infrastructure of our country is based on the foundation from the war but now we are facing a new occupation of invaders. Iceland is heavily invested in tourism and a new infrastructure face is about to take place. What will remain of that story when the memory of it starts to fade as well. Our history and memory is bound to the perspective used to look upon it and maybe it holds no truth. What will this new occupation leave as their heritage on the landscape of Iceland?
Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1981. He graduated with Bachelor of Fine Art from The Icelandic Academy of Visual Art in 2007 and studied documentary photography in the Royal Academy of Art in den Haag.
Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson’s artistic practice is situated somewhere in between art photography and documentary – often with a documentary view as starting point and the artistic way of looking at things and creating images as the result.
His images are often emptied of human physical presence just showing the landscapes and sites constructed by humans in all its mess and glory. His work is not moralizing or strictly political just posing some questions making us reflect on how we treat landscapes – nature’s as well as the urban landscape.
Alongside his artistic production Ingvar Högni has participated in various cultural activities and projects. He ran a bookstore and publication company called Útúrdúr in Reykjavik and has photographed for various clients in Iceland and abroad. At the moment he is pursuing his master´s degree in Applied Studies in Culture and Communication at the University of Iceland.
Ingvar Högni Ragnarsson