Agnieszka Rayss & Sigurbjorg Prastardottir

Agnieszka Rayss (1970) – studied history of Arts at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow and Sorbonne in Paris. Then she switched to photography. In 2004 she was selected to VII Photos workshop for emerging photographers from Eastern Europe and received Visegrad Fund scholarship in 2007. Her interests include post-communist societies in their attempt to follow Western patterns, pop culture aspects of transformation, female and gender issues and sports. She publishes in leading Polish magazines.
Her project „American Dream” was presented during Noorderlicht Festiwal as well as on Biennale in Prague, Vilius and Kovno (Lithuania).

Agnieszka Rayss (1970) – absolwentka historii sztuki na UJ, Studium Fotografii ZPAF, Europejskiej Akademii Fotografii i Laboratorium Reportażu przy Collegium Civitas, uczestniczka warsztatów Agencji Fotograficznej VII we Francji, finalistka konkursu Hasselblad Masters 2009, Newsreportaż.
Publikowała w Rzeczpospolitej, Polityce i Przekroju.  Projekt „American Dream” był prezentowany podczas festiwalu Noorderlicht i Biennale w Pradze, Wilnie i Kownie.

Sigurbjörg Þrastardóttir was born on August 27, 1973 in Akranes in West Iceland. She completed a B.A. degree in comparative literataure at the University of Iceland in 1997 and a degree in journalism and mass communication from the same university in 1998. Sigurbjörg works as a journalist for Morgunblaðið newspaper, alongside her work as a writer. Sigurbjörg’s first book, the poetry collection Blálogaland (Land of Blue Flames), was published in 1999 and since then she has published two other books of poetry and the novel Sólar saga (Saga of Sól). Sólar saga received the Tómas Guðmundsson Literary Award in 2002. In addition to this Sigurbjörg has written plays, the first one was the stand up play Egglos (Ovulation) which was staged by Akureyri Theatre in 2003-4. The piece was one of three plays awarded in a competition run by the theatre. Sigurbjörg has recieved more awards for her work, as an example her book of poetry, Hnattflug (Circumnavigation) was chosen as the best book of poetry by the staff of Icelandic bookstores in 2000. Sigurbjörg’s poetry has appeared in magazines and collections in Iceland and abroad, in Germany, Scotland, Italy and Sweden among other countries. Sigurbjörg has also participated in various literary festivals and poetry exhibitions. She is one of the so called Grafarvogur-poets, calling themselves by the Reykjavík suburb that is their home, and had a poem in their joint poetry-exhibition in September 2002. Sigurbjörg Þrastardóttir lives in Reykjavík.

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