María Kjartans (b. 1980) is an Icelandic artist – photographer. María began her studies in the Art School of Reykjavik, earned her B.A. from The Icelandic Academy of the Arts in Reykjavik, Iceland and graduated with her MFA from the Glasgow School of Art, UK, in 2007. Since then she has been living and working in London, Glasgow, Granada, Paris and now most recently Reykjavik, exhibiting her photography and video art around the world. María has been rewarded with the Signature Art Award in London and the IdeasTap/Magnum Photographic awards for her photography projects. She was also nominated for best Icelandic short film at Reykjavik Short & Docs festival 2012. 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.
In her own words:
To be able to capture life as it is lived is magic. It is fixing a moment of reality. I suppose my curiosity and passion for new places and experiences is what takes me out to explore. I am a traveler I suppose. The feeling of being scared, but do it anyway, is what makes me feel alive. To get out there and being a part of our world. It is never a solitary journey when you are collaborating with the sun.
This is a sample of her work
All images © María Kjartans