The Kárahnjúkar Dam Project was one of the major investments and constructions in North-Eastern Iceland. By harnessing the water from the Highlands Iceland is able to provide Aluminium smelters with cheap energy, therefore making the land attractive to refine Bauxite into the metal.

While the government is interested in creating employment opportunities projects like this have a significant impact on the ecosystem.

During the course of three yearsI followed the construction of the dam and usage of electricity. We follow the water and electricity from the source to the fjord and smelter, passing the now deserted and defunct container village for up to 2800 workers.

 

Photos 2009 to 2011

Presented at Open Show Switzerland #4