Maria Kjartans



Maria Kjartans artist - photographer b. 1980 Icelandic born artist María Kjartans graduated with her MFA from Glasgow School of Art in 2007. Since then she has been living and working in London, Glasgow, Paris and now most recently Reykjavik, exhibiting her photography and video art around the world. María was awarded the Signature Art Award in London and the IdeasTap / Magnum Photographic awards for her photography projects and recently nominated as the winner in Open call at Helsinki Photo festival. Alongside doing visual art María is the co-founder of Vinnslan, which is a collective of Icelandic artists who create and curate interdisciplinary art projects. Education 2005-2007 M.F.A. Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow 2002-2005 B.A. Iceland Academy of the Arts , Reykjavik 2000-2001 The Reykjavík School of Visual Arts 1996-2000 assistant photographer, Reykjavik photography studio – Hugskot Awards 2018 Winner Open Call, Helsinki Photo Festival, Hermanninpuisto 2012 IdeasTap / Magnum Awards, London 2012 Nomination Best short film,Reykjavik Shorts & Docs, Reykjavik 2011 IdeasTap / Magnum Awards, London 2011 Signature Art Awards, London 2007 The Scottish Press Awards, Glasgow Solo Exhibitions 2019 Connection, Ramskram gallery for contemporary photography, Reykjavík 2017 Ótal Andlit Iðunnar, Gerðuberg Culture House, Reykjavik 2017 Ótal Andlit Iðunnar, Anitamarga studio, Reykjavik 2015 Spiritual Landscapes, Stefnumot, Keflavik 2013 Spiritual Landscapes, DegreeArt Gallery, London 2013 Spiritual Landscapes, Edinborg cultural center, Isafjordur 2011 Clearly Remote, CAM: Casoria contemporary art museum, Paris 2009 Lonely Place Dwellers, Miraggio club, London 2009 Shared Future, Empire Gallery, London 2006 Landálfur, The vine bar, Reykjavik 2005 The Hormone Society, Thorvaldsen,, Reykjavik 2004 Granadino, The vine bar, Reykjavik Group Exhibitions 2020 Art 365, Reykjanes Art Museum, Keflavik 2020 Kanill, Art fair, Association of Icelandic Visual Artists, Reykjavik 2019 ISO, FISL exhibition, Korpúlfstaðir, Reykjavík 2018 Helsinki Photo Festival 2018, Helsinki 2017 Portrait Now, The Museum of National History, Frederiksborg, DK 2017 Portrait Now, Ljungbergmuseum, Ljungberg, SE 2016 Microwave International New Media Arts Festival, Hong Kong 2016 Maria in each country, Travelling exhibition all over the world, Oslo 2016 Vogandi, Gallery Kænuvogur, Reykjavik 2015 The Icelandic Contemporary Photography Association, ÍSÓ2015, Isafjordur 2014 Landform, Norwegian House og Tang and Riis gallery, Stykkisholmur 2014 Poetry exhibition, The court house, Luxembourg 2014 Lfat festival off, Off venue, Le Touquet Paris plage, Paris 2014 Steypa, The old herring factory, Djupavik 2013 Betur sjá augu en auga, Reykjavik Museum of Photography, Reykjavik 2012 IdeasTap-Magnum Photographic awards, Magnum Print room, London 2012 Magmart festival, Execution room, Napoli 2012-14 Vinnslan #1-11, The north pole Teatre, Reykjavik old harbour & Tjarnarbio, Reykjavik 2011 ÖÖ-Was it a Dream #3, Helios cinema, Tallinn 2011 IdeasTap-Magnum Photographic awards, Old Truman Brevery, London 2011 Signature Art Award, Execution room, London 2011 2nd Roma Pavilion-Media archive, Venice Biennale, Venice 2010-2011 Fata Morgana, Meno Parkas Gallery, Kaunas, Lithuania 2010 ÖÖ-Was it a Dream, Nordic Avant-Garde, Stockholm 2010 Pedder Photography Exhibition, Bigger Picture Gallery, London 2010 The Pursuit of Happiness, Arsenal Gallery, Poznan 2009 Cellule de Crise, La Generale, Paris 2009 Cold Horizons, Museum de Nervi, Genoa, Nervi, Italy 2008 Berlin New Live festival, Berlin, New York 2008 Nordic moods, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen 2007-2008 Where the Baltic Sea and people meet, Travelling exhibition 2008 Berlin New Live festival, Berlin og New York 2007 London Group, Menier Gallery-Chocolate factory, London 2007 Snap to grid, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, L.A. 2007 Further More, Artnews Projects, Berlin 2007 Further More, Tramway, Glasgow 2006 It ́s precious to me, Mackintosh Building, Glasgow 2006 De andere Kunstbeurs, Westergasfabriken, Amsterdam 2006 Ganghut - International Wave Festival, Melbourne 2005 The Hormone Society, Reykjavik Art Museum Kjarvalsstaðir, Reykjavik Articles 2018 The PhotoPhore article 2017 Borgarbokasafn article 2015 Art Reveal magazine, issue #8 2011 Clearly remote, Labworlds, Paris 2011 Park - art magazine, Issue #2, UK 2009 Framelines Magazine, Melbourne 2008 Seconds, publishing project issue #9 2008 20×20 magazine, issue 1#, London, 2008 Nordiske Stemninger, Arken Museum of modern Art, Copenhagen 2007 Camera Austria - magazine, issue #99, Graz Films and stage based projects 2021 Art director, music video for Biggi Hilmars, Reykjavík 2020 Video installation & photography, a site specific theatre for, Tæring, Hælið, Akureyri 2017 Art direction, music video, Grenfell Our Home, Biggi Hilmars, Reykjavik 2017 Director & art direction, music video, Detached, Biggi Hilmars, Reykjavik 2017 Art direction, short film, Daughters, Vala Ómarsdóttir, Reykjavik 2016 Art direction, short film, Mamma ætlar að sofna, Vala Ómarsdóttir, Reykjavik 014 Art direction, Strengir, performance-theatre installation, Tjarnarbíó Theatre, Reykjavik 2013-14 Author & director, ROF, short film, Vinnslan, Reykajvik 2012-14 Art director, Vinnslan #1-11, The north pole Theatre & Tjarnarbíó Theatre. 2012 Author & director, We are weather, short film, Iceland 2010 Author & director, Dream in Places, short film, Open your eyes & listen, Iceland 2011 Director & art direction, Sun Moon Bright art event, Vulpes Vulpes, London