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Space for humans: the Moon on earth

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Space for Humans: The Moon on Earth is a new exhibition at the Reykjavík Museum of Photography. On the occasion of the exhibition, a talk with the photographer Matthew Broadhead will be held on Friday, November 15 at 12:10.

The event is in English and admission is free. The exhibition is open every day November 14, 2019 - February 3, 2020.

In his work, Broadhead explores the connections between geology, anthropology, history and myths. The project originated at the beginning of 2016, between two half-century anniversaries of scientific field trips organised by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey. Groups of U.S. astronauts and personnel from both government agencies arrived in Iceland in 1965 and 1967. NASA considered Iceland to be “Probably the most moon-like of the field areas” in a document that functioned as a field-training schedule, and it is clear that they were allies in human exploration.

Broadhead’s practice entails an engagement with photography as a critical medium and explores the conjunctions between different subjects; notably geology, anthropology, history, and mythology. His research in these areas is meant to change how he interacts with subjects in different contexts in addition to his recording methodology. Operating at the intersection between documentary and conceptual art, he creates fictional bodies of work based on factual source material.

Broadhead was raised in North Devon. After studying at Petroc, he went on to graduate with a First Class Honours degree in Photography from the University of Brighton. He recently completed his MA in Photography at the University of the West of England, based in Bristol. While still a young practitioner, Broadhead has already been widely published and shortlisted for a number of awards. He was the winner of the inaugural Photoworks Prize, the Magnum Photos Graduate Photographer prize and the De Donkere Kamer #31 prize.

For more information see about the exhibition see here.  For information about the artist, visit

The event is part of Friday event series at the museum where diverse perspectives are intertwined with the museum's exhibitions and activities.