In my backyard
I immigrated to Iceland from Boston 15 years ago. By making pictures of my new
home, work place and family, I am documenting a path in life I never planned or
expected. Learning a new language, making a home, and adapting to a new culture has challenges and rewards. I have grown in three ways since moving to Iceland. The first is becoming a wife, the second is learning to compromise in a marriage and the third is coming into my own as a woman. I have found strength and a support amongst Icelandic women. This has encouraged me to become confident and celebrate who I am rather than apologize for it.
Being an immigrant is perhaps the most difficult transition any human being can go
through. Many times I wanted to just give up and return to the States. There is comfort in the familiar.
From beneath my dark cloth behind the camera, I compose the edges of a story that reveals my inclusion to a place on the groundglass. My photographs connect me to truths deep within myself. In that split of a second when the lens shutter clicks, fantasy and reality become one and I 'belong' to the moment.
Agnieszka Sosnowska was born in Warsaw, Poland and was raised in Boston, Mass-
achusetts. She earned a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and a MFA from
Boston University. She is currently an elementary school teacher. She lives on farm
in East Iceland.
She is recognised for her self portraits that span 30 years. Currently she is working
on series that embodies her life as an immigrant in Iceland. She uses the camera to
take inspiration from a land that is otherworldly.
Sosnowska has been the recipient of a number of grants, including a Fulbright
Scholars Fellowship to Poland and an American Scandinavian Fellowship to Ice-
land. She was awarded the Hjálmar R. Bárðarson Photography Grant awarded by
the National Museum of Iceland.
Her series was awarded the Director’s Choice by the Center awards in 2017 and
she has been in the Top 50 of Critical Mass on 3 occasions.
Her work has been exhibited in the National Museum of Iceland and
The Reykjavik Museum of Photography.
She is represented exclusively by Vision Neil Folberg Gallery in Jerusalem.
2020 Meitar Award Finalist
2020 Critical Mass Top 50
2020 VOR. Slaturhusid Center. Iceland. Work explored identity in relation with a
new homeland. An immigrants interaction with nature and the social and cultural
discourse in their new place of residency. Group exhibition.
2020 Reykjavik Museum of Photography The exhibition is the result of the book
"Fegurðin er ikki skraut”/ "Beauty is not an ornament" which was recently
published by Fagurskinna / Bjarti. The exhibition was curated by Æsa
Sigurjónsdóttir. Group exhibition.
2020 LensCulture Winner of the Exposure Awards
2019 National Museum of Iceland. Myth of a Woman exhibition. Exhibited a
series of self portraits. It comprised of 43 silver gelatin murals and prints.
Curated by Elizabeth Avedon. May thru September.
2017 Critical Mass Top 50
2017 Meitar Award Finalist
2016 Hjálmar R. Bárðarson Photography Grant awarded by the National
Museum of Iceland.
2016 Magnús Ólafsson Fund Award Winner of a photography portfolio
competition held by the Reykjavík City Museum.
2015 Reykjavik Museum of Photography “Traces of Life”
The Subjective and Personal in Photography. The exhibition was curated by Bring
Sveinsdóttir. Group exhibition.
2015 LensCulture Winner of the Visual Storytelling Awards for the series “In my
2015 Vision Neil Folberg Gallery Solo exhibition of from the series “In my
Backyard.” This exhibition was part of the Manofim Jerusalem Contemporary Art
2013 Critical Mass Top 50
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