image: Bjargey Ólafsdóttir

Artist presentations 6.30pm, October 3rd at Kunstnerhuset in Svolvær
This event is free and open to everyone to attend. A home made warm meal will be served. Welcome!
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Borderline Human by Gunnhildur Hauksdottir

My work questions human value systems and cultural identity. I seek out ways to probe culture, methods of veiling the vulnerable, the premeditated and/or unwitting superficial identity people create for themselves while maintaining family, status, carrier and juggling their conscience, religion and faith. I’m interested in the primal aspect of humanity. I’m interested in the human, none-human question and human interaction with earth beings. Guilt and curiosity are my primus motor. I employ sculptures, drawing, poetry and public participation performance and audio compositions for voice made from visual patterns and drawings.I write, teach and involve myself in research and publication. I believe in collaboration and readily enter them. I have collaborated with composers, authors, philosophers, actors and vocalists. Collaborations are an inherent part of my practice.
During my stay in Kunstnerhuset Lofoten im working on ink drawings of Vervet monkeys and transcribing interviews with animal behavioralists working with the monkeys in the wilderness of the Karoo in South Africa.

Rock stars in Japan and bored dentists by Bjargey Ólafsdóttir

My work is not confined to a single medium as each of my concepts calls for a different tool: film, sound art, performance, drawing, photography and text. My works are oftentimes narrative by nature inspired by pop culture and memory. They are poetic yet humorous and playful, dealing with human relationships telling for example: stories of bored female dentists, rock stars in Japan and women that can see into the future and beyond. Play, experimentation and chance within a set of rules fuelled by curiosity are a vital part of my practice. In Lófóten I have been making experiments that will eventually lead into works for a new exhibition. I have focused on photography and I am making experiments in drawing, writing and sound.

Bjargey Ólafsdóttir lives and works in Reykjavík. She studied photography, painting and mixed media at Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavík and Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki and she studied Screenwriting and Directing in Binger Filmlab, Amsterdam. The art of Bjargey Ólafsdóttir is not confined to a single medium as each of her concepts calls for a different tool: photography, film, sound art, performance and drawing. Her works are narrative by nature, telling stories of bored female dentists, rock stars in Japan and women that can see into the future and beyond. Her works are sometimes scary, yet beautiful and always brimming with humor and playfulness. Bjargey Ólafsdóttir’s works play with our preconceptions about what we see, about the mediums of film and photography, questioning what is real and what is fiction.

Bjargey Ólafsdóttir work has been shown internationally in numerous exhibitions and Festivals, such as : The Reykjavík Art Museum, The Reykjavík Museum of Photography, Kunstverein Munich, KunstWerke Berlin,Germany, Galeria Traschi, Santiago Chile, Moderna Museet Stockholm, Sweden, The Moore Space Miami, USA, Manifesta Foundation Amsterdam, Netherlands, Turku Biennale, Finland, MEP, Paris, E-flux New York, WUK Kunsthalle, Vienna, Austria, Tate Modern London, Palm Springs International film festival, USA, Gothenburg Film Festival, Sweden, Aix en Provence international short film festival, France.
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Gunnhildur Hauksdóttir is an Icelandic visual artist living in Reykjavik, Iceland and in Berlin, Germany. Hauksdottir combines elements of audio, video, performance, sculpture, drawing and text to create transient conceptual assemblies, exploring themes like cultural identity, humanity, nature, valor and fear.

Some of her recent displays include The Braidchoir – Solidarity for Gallery Weekend with Hošek Contemporary in Berlin and Seismic Choreography at the Galt Museum in Lethbridge Canada in 2018. Five Drawings, an audio installation in Åkerstrøm Kunstsenter in Oslo in 2017 accompanied with a artist edition of 20/20 including a vinyl with a vocal composition, Five Drawing was also displayed in Nida Art Colony and Ars Communis Residency Centre YO-YO, both in Lithuania 2016, Der Abstand [The Distance] a performance in a collateral event called the Silver Lining at the 2015 Venice Bienale.

Hauksdottir is currently engaged in long-term research collaboration with the Level:2 Lichen Lab in Lethbridge, Canada and the Barret-Henzi Lab in the University of Lethbridge and she holds a visiting artist postion at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts holding inter-missive workshops.

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