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Charlotta Hauksdottir

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Charlotta Hauksdottir
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Charlotta María Hauksdóttir is an Icelandic artist based in California, working primarily in photography. Residing in the USA for over 20 years, she still draws inspiration from her home country Iceland. Created from the perspective of her experience with epilepsy, her work centers around the unique connection one has to places and moments in time, and how memories embody and elevate those connections.

Charlotta received a BA in Photography from the Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome, Italy, in 1997 and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004. She also holds a Diploma in Creative and Critical Thinking from the Iceland Academy of the Arts.

Her work has been exhibited around the world, with solo exhibitions in the USA, Russia, and Iceland including numerous group shows and photography festivals. Her photographs have been published in several magazines and books, as well as a monograph “A Sense of Place - Imprints of Iceland” by Daylight Books that can be found in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, SFMOMA, and Princeton among others. Hauksdóttir’s work is also part of numerous private and public collections such as Stanford Health Care and Reykjavik Museum of Photography.

Artist Statement

The physical space of landscapes can be closely tied to a person’s identity and sense of being. Infused with personal history, the handmade composite, sculptural landscapes in the series “Imprints” are a re-creation of places and scenes combining photographs taken from my homeland, Iceland, and California where I have resided for the past 20 years. The fragmented photographic cutouts with juxtaposed textures, emphasize the imperfections of memory and the mind’s inability to retain and fully comprehend its environment. Utilizing human biological patterns, the work evokes the intimate connection man has with nature while the discontinuity between the images invites the viewer to draw on their own experiences to complete the work. Including topographical patterns as well as images where parts of the landscape have been erased, the work echoes the erosive effects of time and the loss created by climate change. By incorporating the interplay between man and nature, the images speak to our individual responsibility for our impressions upon our environment.


Iceland Academy of the Arts
Prisma, Diploma in Creative and Critical Thinking, 2009

San Francisco Art Institute
Master of Fine Arts in Photography, 2004

Istituto Europeo di Design
Bachelor of Arts in Photography, 1997

Solo Exhibitions

2019 A Sense of Place - Imprints of Iceland, Mengi, Reykjavik, Iceland
2017 A Matter of Some Moments, Ramskram Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland
2016 Outlook, Reykjavík Museum of Photography, Reykjavik, Iceland
2014 Moments, VI International Festival of Photography PhotoVisa, Krasnodar, Russia
2005 Scapes, First Street Gallery, Eureka, CA|
2004 Dreamscapes, Zinc Details, San Francisco, CA
1997 Christmas in Historical Reykjavik, Reykjavik City Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland

Selected Group Exhibitions 2018-2022

Restart, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA
MINE: What is Ours in the Wake of Extraction, Midway Gallery, San Francisco, CA
LensCulture New York 2022 Exhibition, Caelum Gallery, NYC
2022 International Juried Competition, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
Here, Hlöðuloftið Korpúlfsstaðir, Reykjavík, Iceland
CAL National 2022, Conroe Art League, Conroe, TX

Barcelona Foto Biennale, Barcelona, Spain
Torg Photo Festival, Korpúlfsstöðum, Reykjavík, Iceland
Flow Photofest, Gallery Pop, Forres, Scotland
Imago Lisboa Photo Festival 2021, Gallery Imago Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
BBA Photography Prize at Berlin Photo, BBA Gallery, Berlin, Germany
In Conversation with the Land, Center for Fine Art Photography, CO
Alt-Photo: Alternative Processes in Contemporary Photography, Analog Gallery, CA

Reimagined Landscapes, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
2020 San Francisco Bay International Photography Exhibition, Berkeley, CAWater, Vesterheim
Norwegian-American Museum, Decorah, ID
Distinction, 23rd Juried Photography Exhibition, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA

2019 San Francisco Bay International Photography Exhibition, Berkeley, CA
39th Annual Connect and Collect, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
ARTBOX.PROJECT ZÜRICH 1.0, Swiss Art Expo, Zurich, Switzerland
ISO 2019 - Ljósmyndasýning FÍSL, Korpúlfstaðir, Reykjavík, Iceland
Nordic Light, Think Round Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
Something Blue, Gray Loft Gallery, Oakland, CA

Memory and Perception, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Marin, CA
Bay Area Currents, Smith Andersen North Gallery, San Anselmo, CA
Landscapes 2018 Exhibition, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
2018 National Best Contemporary Photography, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
The Fence 2018, Brooklyn, NY, Denver, CO, Santa Fe, NM, Boston, MA, Atlanta, GA, Durham
Tree Talk, Lafayette City Center, Boston, MA
Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards 2017, WHITEBOX Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Selected Bibliography 2018-2022

“A Sense of Place, Imprints of Iceland, Europe Now Journal, January

“The Family in Transition”, KATALOG-Journal, Rui Prata, June
“A Sense of Place”, Lensculture, Interview with Magali Duzant, April

“The Eternal Footprint: A Project on Human Impact on the Landscape”, Bird in Flight magazine, Olga Bubich, September
“An Interview with Charlotta Maria Hauksdottir”, Photographic Center Northwest, Kris Graves, June
“A Sense of Place - Imprints of Iceland”, Monograph, Daylight Books, January
“Charlotta Hauksdottir: A Sense of Place: Imprints of Iceland, Lenscratch, Aline Smithson, January
“Surreal and fantastical Landscape” Morgunbladid Daily Newspaper, Árni Matthíasson, December

“What the Weather Is”, New York Review of Books, December
“Fjords, glaciers and rocks, the Icelandic landscapes sublimated by Charlotta María Hauksdóttir”, Konbini Arts, Lisa Lanot, December
“A Sense of Place by Charlotta Maria Hauksdottir”, All About Photo, December
“Charlotta Hauksdóttir – Finding a “Sense of Place” in Iceland”, Formed from Light, Chris Romans, October

“Charlotta María Hauksdóttir - Imprints”, KATALOG-Journal, Jens Friis, December
“Imagined Landscapes”, Frettabladid Daily Newspaper, Stefán Þór, October
“Wild Icelandic Landscapes as you’ve never seen them”, WIRED Magazine, September
“The Face of the Earth Editors’ Pick”, Life Framer, August


Fine Art Photography Awards, Nomination in Professional Abstract Category

Chromatic Awards, Honorable Mention
International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention
Tokyo Foto Awards, Honorable Mention
Budapest International Foto Awards 2021, Honorable Mention
17th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Professional Section, Honorable Mention
2021 Rfotofolio Selections, Work of Merit
New York Photography Awards, Silver Winner, Abstract and Landscape categories
In Conversation With The Land, Center For Fine Art Photography, Honorable Mention
The Prix de la Photographie, Paris, Honorable Mention
Photolucida Critical Mass, Top 200
Lensculture Art Photography Awards, Juror’s pick
Abstract 2020-21, New York Center for Photographic Art, 2nd Place

International Photography Awards, Honorable mention
15th Pollux Awards, Honorable mention
2020 San Francisco Bay International Photo Awards, 3rd place
Distinction, 23rd Juried Photography Exhibition, Photographic Center Northwest, Honorable mention
Tokyo International Photography Competition - 7th Edition, winner

Tokyo International Foto Awards, Honorable mention
2019 San Francisco Bay International Photography Exhibition, Gold award winner

ND Awards, Honorable mention
International Photography Awards, Honorable mention
Photolucida Critical Mass, Top 50
London International Creative Competition, Honorable mention
2018 International Juried Exhibition, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, 3rd place

Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards 2017, Finalist
The Art of Living Photography Show, ACCI Gallery, Gallery Award Winner

11th National Juried Exhibition, Axis Gallery, Jurors Award
Family Portraits, Richmond Art Center, Jurors Award

Public collections

2016 Stanford Health Care, Palo Alto, CA
2012 Reykjavik Museum of Photography, Reykjavik, Iceland 2007 Affymetrix, Santa Clara, CA
2004 Genentech Inc., South San Francisco, CA
1997 Reykjavik City Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland

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