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Best of May 2019 : Myth of A Woman by Elizabeth Avedon


“The Icelandic landscape is beautiful, but brutally unforgiving. There is majesty in the black cliffs and glaciers, but harsh winds and long winters render them dangerous for part of the year . . . a place both alluring and treacherous, Iceland is the perfect metaphor for Agnieszka Sosnowska’s photographs about the dichotomies of womanhood.” – Kat Kiernan, Myth of A Woman catalogue ~ Polish-born and Boston-raised photographer, Agnieszka Sosnowska, currently living on a farm outside of Egilsstaðir, Iceland, is having her first major solo exhibition, Myth of A Woman, at the National Museum of Iceland opening May 4th, 2019. The core of the almost fifty photographs began with Sosnowska’s intension to interpret the poem, “Móðir mín í kví, kví,” in a series of self-portraits in the East fjords of Iceland shot in many of the same places from where these stories originated. Throughout Iceland’s history, women that bore children from circumstances that were not acceptable at the time – either shamed by the pregnancy or afraid their families or society would dismiss them – would leave their newborns out in the...

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