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Pari Stave, Director

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Pari Stave comes from The Metropolitan Museum in New York, where for the past eight years she has held the position of Senior Manager of Administration, Collections, and Curatorial Projects in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art. Prior to joining The Met she worked as Consulting Curator for the American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF). An art historian and curator, Pari has collaborated on numerous exhibitions, among them Ragnar Kjartansson: Death Is Elsewhere, which was co-organized with Jennifer Farrell and debuted at the Met in 2019. She was co-curator, with Ingibjörg Jóhannsdóttir, of Other Hats:  Icelandic Printmaking, organized for the International Print Center New York and later shown at Listasafn ĺslands in 2018. In 2017, she organized and wrote a catalogue essay for Hverfing|Shapeshifting, which was shown at Verksmiðjan á Hjalteyri. At ASF, she co-curated with Patricia C. Berman, Munch|Warhol and the Multiple Image, which traveled to Ankara in 2013 on the occasion of the first visit to Turkey of the King and Queen of Norway. She also collaborated with Timothy Persons on the exhibition, New Wave Finland: Contemporary Photography from the Helsinki School. In 2013, she curated Iceland: Artists Respond to Place, a group exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art in New York.

Pari took up position as director of Skaftfell in May 2022.


Julia Martin, Project Manager

Residency Program, International Projects

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Julia Martin is an artist and landscape architect from Berlin. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Art from Goldsmiths, University of London, with an M.F.A. in Art, Space and Nature from Edinburgh College of Art, and an M.A. in Landscape architecture from Technical University of Berlin. She moved to Seyðisfjörður in 2014 and has been working at Skaftfell since 2015, managing the residency program, international projects and contributing to the daily running of the art center. From 2020 to 2022 Julia has been co-director of Skaftfell. 



Kamilla Gylfadóttir, Project Manager, Education and community outreach

Kamilla Gylfadóttir joined Skaftfell in July 2022 as project manager of Skaftfell’s education and community outreach. She graduated with a B.A. degree in Italian and Tourism Studies in 2014, studied photography in Aarhus and filmmaking in Sarajevo and has worked with filmmaking and installation of exhibitions in Berlin and Morocco. In 2020, she completed her M.A. studies in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image at the University of Amsterdam. In 2021 she taught Skaftfell’s art education project for the east of Iceland and she is part of planning and teaching Skjaldbakan, a documentary filmmaking course that is part of BRAS 2022.



Previous directors

2006 – 2011 Þórunn Eymundardóttir

2011 – 2018 Tinna Guðmundsdóttir

2018 – 2020 Gavin Morrison

2020 – 2022 Hanna Christel Sigurkarlsdóttir & Julia Martin


Previous residency managers

2012 – 2014 Litten Nystrøm


Previous education managers

2015 – 2022 Hanna Christel Sigurkarlsdóttir


2022: Aino Peltola and Netta Alanko (Pekka Halonen Academi, FI)

2021: Magdalena Noga, Ísold Gná Ingvadóttir

2020: Unnur Birna J. Backman

2019: Mary Buckland, Lilaï Licata

2018: Jenny Niinimaa and Ninni Olllikainen (Pekka Halonen Academi, FI), Carlotta von Haebler

2016: Eva Jaskova

2015: Lisa Paland, Hochschule Merseburg

2014: Becky Forsythe, Georgian College

2013: Jasmin Meinold, HBK Braunschweig