Jessica Auer and Zuhaitz Akizu

Jessica Auer and Zuhaitz Akizu (Canada/ Iceland) Residence: December 2018

Jessica Auer is a visual artist and photography professor from Montreal, Canada. Her work is broadly concerned with the study of landscapes as cultural sites, focusing on themes that connect history, place, journey and cultural experience. Her works have been exhibited in galleries and museums across Canada, the USA, and Europe.

Zuhaitz Akizu is an artist from the Basque Country who lives and works in Iceland. With backgrounds in history, archeology and collecting, he is a self-taught photographer who works primarily with historical methods of image making. He was previously an artist in residence at The Technical Museum of East Iceland and at the Post Image Cluster at the Milieux Institute of Arts and Culture in Montreal, Canada.

Together Zuhaitz and Jessica have founded Ströndin Studio in Seydisfjördur, Iceland, an analogue photo studio and research center inspired by the photographic history of East Iceland.

During their residency at Studio Kura, Jessica and Zuhaitz will be researching the representation of whales in Japanese art, and by experimenting with photographic printmaking techniques, create works that speak to the relationship between people and whales.

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