Artist talk: Páll Haukur Björnsson (Iceland)

Páll Haukur Björnsson has been active within the Icelandic art scene for several years, both by participating and organising. He´s a boardmember at the Living Art Museum and the art director of Sequences, a real life art festival in Reykjavik. Páll was in the spotlight of the Icelandic visual art scene when he posed for a fellow Ragnar Kjartansson at the Venice Bienniale in 2009. The performance, named “The End”, lasted for six months and gained favor with both critics and audiences throughout the artistic world.

Páll´s performances are usually political and filled with mockery. His work is often characterized by double entendre and insist the viewer to concentrate — dig deeper and take a closer look.

What do we mean by double entendre?

Take a look of an example from his artist statement.

“IT is not about understanding – anything – outside the breathing instant of the now – the moment. The big picture is too comprehensive – there is no big picture.”

If you are one of those who like to think — you should read Páll´s interview here.

A work from the exhibition Garður (2011) by Páll Haukur Björnsson

Photograph by Konsthopp

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