Skotið at the Reykjavík Museum of Photography 31.05.2018 to 16.08.2018

Hafsteinn Viðar Ársælsson BLACK METAL

For the past three years Hafsteinn Viðar Ársælsson has systematically photographed the black metal scene in Iceland under his alter-ego “Verði ljós”.

Ljósmyndasafn- Hafsteinn Viðar Ársælsson
Reykjavík Museum of Photography - Hafsteinn Viðar Ársælsson

For many, the scene surrounding this music genre seems elusive and mysterious. Therefore, it is very interesting for the general public to gain insight into it.  Black metal has gained a key position in the underground music scene and is popular widely around the world. Despite the  geographic  isolation of Iceland, its black  metal  scene  has  been extraordinary  flourishing  in  the  last  ten  years and has gained  worldwide  recognition. This is undoubtedly thanks to renowned Icelandic black metal record labels, festivals (such as Oration and Eistnaflug), as well as internationally acclaimed bands.

The exhibition features photographs in the style of documentary and fiction of bands such as Misþyrming,  Naðra,   Nornahetta,  Núll,  Nyiþ, Sinmara,  Svartidauði, Wormlust  - a solo  music  project of the photographer himself.

During the run of the exhibition, a recently published book with the same-title will be on sale in the museum shop. It has already received media coverage abroad and Hafsteinn Viðar has been interviewed in papers such as Washington Post and the metal music magazines Revolver and Kerrang. The book has also been covered in the British Photo Journal.

Hafsteinn Viðar studied at The School of Photography in Iceland from 2014-2017.

Ljósmyndasafn - Hafsteinn Viðar Ársælsson
Reykjavík Museum of Photography - Hafsteinn Viðar Ársælsson



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