Annie Ling exhibits moments from the life of asylum seekers in Iceland
Reykjavík City Library | Gerduberg Culture House
4 May – 23 September 2018
Each year, the population of roughly 300,000 inhabitants in Iceland triples with tourists arriving from around the globe seeking breathtaking vistas and itineraries packed with otherworldly tours of lava-fields, glaciers, and waterfalls. This year, an unprecedented seven hundred asylum seekers are expected to arrive in the island nation just south of the Arctic Circle, doubling last year’s count.
The majority end up in Iceland after their intended destination to the United States, Canada, or the UK is denied. A few sheltered in hostels among tourists and the rest isolated, asylum seekers predominately from the Balkans and the Middle East wait months before few are granted residency.
How do asylum seekers experience Iceland in limbo? How do resettled refugees adapt and make a home here? Is this paradise or is this purgatory?
About Annie Ling
Born 1984 in Taipei, Annie is a Canadian documentary photographer and artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Most recently, The National Museum of Iceland held a solo exhibition of her series „Independent Mothers“, now part of the museum’s permanent collection.
Annie’s debut solo exhibition “A Floating Population” in New York City at Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) featured over eighty images spanning four years of work. Her projects have traveled widely to exhibitions and festivals in South Korea, Germany, Hungary, Brazil, Finland, Iceland, Canada, and throughout the USA. Annie is the recipient of the first Skammdegi AIR Award at Listhús in Ólafsfjördur, Iceland, a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, and a Director’s Fellowship from The International Center of Photography.
For further information, please contact:
Ninna Margrét Þórarinsdóttir, project manager
E-mail: ninna.margret.thorarinsdottir [at] reykjavik.is