Thorbjorg Jonsdottir

Born in Iceland, lives and works in Los Angeles, California


2009  MFA, California Institute of  the Arts, Program in Film and Video.

2004  BA, Iceland Academy of Arts, Department of Visual Arts.

2003  ERASMUS exchange, École des Beaux Arts de Marseille.

2003  KUNO exhange, Oslo Art Academy, Norway.

2002  KUNO exhange, Gothenburg Art Academy, Sweden.

Screenings and exhibitions

2013 Time Like Water Jeonju International Film Festival, Korea

2013 Time Like Water FLEX Film Festival, Florida, USA

2011  Guðrún Northern Wave Film Festival, Iceland

2010  Ocean Ocean, Papay Gyri Nights 2011 Art Festival, Orkneyjar

2010  Ocean Ocean, Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland

2010  Ocean Ocean  Art Happens, Sweden

2010  Ocean Ocean  Reindeerland film festival, Egilsstaðir, Iceland

2010  Thoka included in the 17th edition of Journal of Short Film

2009  Ocean Ocean screened at the CalArts Showcase, Redcat,  Los Angeles

2009  Ocean Ocean screened at the Hinterland Film Festival

2009  Ocean Ocean  NO SOUL FOR SALE – A Festival of Independents

  presented by Kling & Bang at X Initiative, New York

2008  The Emperor, Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland

2008  Thoka and Over, Hungarian Dances and Romanticism; Concert and 

film at the Art Museum of Sigurjón Ólafsson, Reykjavík, Iceland.

2008  Thoka screened at Fallbrook International Film Festival, California

2008  The Emperor screened at The Player Piano Project, USC Thornton Music

  MastersSeries, Los Angeles

2007  Buffalo screened at Surreal Cinematic Work LACMA, Los Angeles

2007  The Emperor screened at Confronting Paradise, New York

2007  The Emperor screened at RedCat Theatre, Los Angeles

2006  Buffalo screened at Experimental and Politique, France

2006  Buffalo screened at 26th Munchen international Festival of Film Schools,


2004  Dagskrá (group exhibition), Gallery Publik, Paris, France

2004  Cuts from Reykjavík (group exhibition), Frisor Beige, Berlin,


2004  Listaháskóli Íslands Graduation Show (group exhibition) Reykjavik

Art Museum, Iceland.

2003  Fjarskanistan  (group exhibition). Gallery Nema Hvað, Reykjavík,


2003  Co-Curator of the exhibition Fame, I wanna live forever with Audur Jorundsdottir,  Gallery Hlemmur, Reykjavík, Iceland.

2002  Art conferance “Real Presence 2002”,  Belgrad,  Serbia

2002 The Death dance of the Electron and the Anti-Electron (solo exhibition), Gallery Nema Hvad, Reykjavik, Iceland


Teacher,  Visual Arts Department, Iceland Academy of Art, Reykjavik, Iceland, spring 2013

Narrative in video.  A full time class with focus on video art and experimental filmmaking at a BA level.

Founder and teacher, Teenage Wasteland of the Arts, Los Angeles and Iceland, 2011-2013

Teenage Wasteland of the Arts is an independent arts organization, founded in Los Angeles in 2011 by artists and filmmakers Lee Lynch, Thorbjorg Jonsdottir and Jose Santos.  We offer classes for youth and teenagers, with a focus on filmmaking, video art and installation work.  

Visting Filmmaker series co-ordinator, CalArts, Valencia, CA  2009-2012

Structuring Strategies.  Weekly visiting filmmaker series, co-ordinator and presenter.

Associate Teacher, CalArts, Valencia, CA  2009-2011

Film Production Workshop.  A foundation class in 16mm filmmaking, attended by all incoming MFA and BFA students in the Program of Film and Video at CalArts.

Instructor, Venice Arts, Venice, CA 2010

Youth filmmaking classes.  Weekly classes, free of charge for underprivileged youth.

Instructor, Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, CA, 2007-2009

Youth filmmaking classes. Weekly classes free of charge for underprivileged youth.

Wilderness Guide, Icelandic Mountain Guides and Icelandic Travel Company, Iceland, 2004-2012

Backpacking guide.  Leading and daily planning in backpacking and hiking trips in the

Icelandic highlands.   Spoken languages: French, Spanish, English.