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Photos of Former US Naval Air Station on Display

An exhibition entitled “The Lodgers” by young German artist Anne Kathrin Greiner, comprised of photographs taken in the formal US Naval Air Station in Keflavík, will open in the Skotid Gallery at the Reykjavík Museum of Photography next week.

“My work regularly addresses and examines those mundane, everyday spaces that are easily overlooked but have the capacity, nonetheless, to suggest and invoke the experiences and memories of both the individual and the collective whilst encouraging reflection on the past and its connection to the present,” Greiner told

“Other concerns of mine include cultural identity in our contemporary landscape as well as borders and thresholds – in both literal and metaphorical ways,” the artist added.

Greiner explained that the notion of an abandoned military base is used within the work as a vehicle for concerns such as loss, abandonment and fears of the modern age, which are both timeless and universal yet simultaneously very much about the current cultural and political miasma.

“Whilst devoid of people, the images still suggest a presence, even if this may be of an indefinable, somewhat abstract type. The clearing of some of the interiors suggests a rather hasty departure, as if something violent and unexplainable has happened,” Greiner concluded.

The US Naval Air Station in Keflavík was abandoned in September 2006 . Greiner took her photographs in June 2007. “The Lodgers” exhibition runs between June 5 and July 30.

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