Guided tour: 9th of December 2011 at 15.00, Artíma Gallerí (Reykjavik)
I was lucky enough to enjoy the guidance of Marín Björt Valtýsdóttir, the curator of “Great Chain of Being” by Hekla Björt Helgadóttir. Hekla is one of three artists exhibiting in a brand new gallery in Reykjavik — named Artíma. Recently, three independent exhibitions took place there, curated by three different curators. The other two artists exhibiting were; Ragnheiður Maísól Sturludóttir, who displayed video work and still frames; and Óskar Hallgrímsson photographer, who presented both photographs and prints.
Marín told me all about the ideology behind the artists works and techniques. Although I was fascinated by most of the work — I have to admit that Óskar´s photo series stood specially out to me.
The photographer told me the story behind his series, which was shot on his unusual trip to Greenland in 2006. The characterization is strong, realistic and without the standard “Inuit” stereotypes. These stories and the frames around them touched me deeply. I felt like I knew the characters, similar to the feeling when you finish reading a well written book.
In the exhibition catalogue it says;
Óskar has tattooed himself with persons from his previous work — this obsession for his metabolite become some kind of series. An artwork series, which not only appear as an object, rather as a part of the artist ego — literally. Katrín I. Jónsdóttir Hjördísardóttir, the curator of Óskar´s exhibition in Artíma Gallerí 2011 (English vers. Ingunn Eyþórsdóttir).
Óskar Halgrímsson a.k.a. Skari Hall, has already been invited to his next tour to Greenland — this time to take confirmation pictures of Greenlandic teenagers but he is a very qualified portrait photographer. You can take closer look at his photos here.
Artíma gallery is a great addition to the cultural life in the city of Reykjavík. The gallery was founded about a month ago, by few members of the Association of Art History and Theory students at the University of Iceland. This exhibition form, i.e. two to three independent exhibitions at the same time, will remain at the gallery in the nearest future.
P.s. For those who understand Icelandic, you can listen to an interview with Katrín I. Jónsdóttir Hjördísardóttir, one of the ringleaders of the group here — Víðsjá; 17th of November 2011.
Photographs by Konsthopp
Date: 9th – 11th of December 2011
Artists: Hekla Björt Helgadóttir, Ragnheiður Maísól Sturludóttir and Óskar Hallgrímsson
Curators: Marín Björt Valtýsdóttir, Hildur Rut Halblaub and Katrín I. Jónsdóttir Hjördísardóttir
Place: Artíma Gallerí, Smiðjustígur 10, Reykjavik