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Vernissage: 10th of August 2012, Artíma Gallerí (Reykjavik)

Natural disasters, weapon of mass destruction, reversal of Earth’s magnetic field or excessive alcohol drinking …

What’s wrong with the world? — What might end it? — And why?

These are classic questions which are often asked even though it´s given that nobody knows — for sure — the correct answer.

Here is a tiny glimpse of how our world might end …

Photographs by Konsthopp

Death, disaster and — to a lesser extent, notions of apocalypse have always been visible in the art history. Concerns about the end of the world were often found in films of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and the topic seems to have made a remarkable comeback in further contemporary art forms last decades. The theme appeared most recently in “Heimsendir,” an ambitious group exhibition in Artima gallery.

The exhibition was particularly diverse, as you can expect when 23 artists are displaying their work together. The artists are former classmates that studied together at the Iceland Academy of Arts from 2006 to 2009. After their graduation the students headed to different directions — all bringing back new educations, experiences and outlooks.

Apparently — the classmates were cheerful to renew their friendship. After a great night out — waking up the day after with appropriated hangover — some of them probably thought:

Hey, this headache might end the world!

Date: 10th – 19th of August 2012

Artists: Amanda Tyahur, Anne Marte Overaa, Arna Óttarsdóttir, Auður Arna Oddgeirsdóttir, Bergdís Hörn Guðvarðardóttir and María Dalberg, Brynja Kjartansdóttir, Davíð Hólm Júlíusson, Emil Mangúsarson Borhammar, Erla Silfá Hordvik Þorgrímsdóttir, Haraldur Sigmundsson, Hlynur Heimisson, Jonatan Jannert, Kolbrún Ýr Einarsdóttir, Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir, Sara Ross, Sigurlaug Gísladóttir, Solveig Pálsdóttir, Sunna Schram, Þorvaldur Jónsson, Þórarinn Ingi Jónsson, Þórður Grímsson and Örn Alexander Ámundasson

Curator: Árný Fjóla Ásmundsdóttir

Place: Artíma Gallerí, Skúlagata 28, Reykjavik

P.s. In relation to the exhibition the artists published a book that can be bought at the gallery. If you are interested you can check out the graduation exhibition from the same group in 2009 here

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Curator talk: Marín Björt Valtýsdóttir (Iceland)

When did you start curating? Tell us something about your educational background?

My first experience with curating was back in high school, setting up our graduation art exhibition. We were many and had very different backgrounds, so it was quite a task putting up the show. However, we did work and the outcome was better than we had hoped fore! As for further curating for my behalf, there haven’t been many opportunities. Curating is not a part of our program in the arts department of University of Iceland, the classes that teach the subject are small classes and fill up quickly so it is difficult to get in them, so going abroad is the only option to become a professional curator. But since we do know what curating is and we are curious about it a student gallery was opened fall of 2011. The gallery, which is called Artíma Gallerí, is giving us opportunity to try out curating and finding other people that are interested in the subject of curating and running a gallery.

What is the artistic field of your curatorial practice?

Usually I deal with 2d artworks like paintings or drawings. It was interesting when we decided to include one of Hekla Björt Helgadóttir’s pieces, which consisted of a lamp, broken plates and a stone heart, in the 3rd show of Artíma Gallerí. Once we started planning, it turned out that the piece would work better as an installation using the afforded space in the gallery in a different way than we first envisioned.

Is there a difference in curating different field of arts, etc. paintings, videos, interactive works or a piece of net art?

In retrospect it didn’t seem to matter much to me in which form or medium the artworks were but of course sooner or later practical matters will need to be addressed. In an ideal situation, the curator takes away the burden from the artist, of matching the artworks to an audience in a meaningful way. In reality this often results in a very close collaboration between the curator and the artist, which can be slightly less glamorous. Hammering nails into the wall or holding the ladder while attaching support strings.

From Artíma #3, work by Hekla Björt Helgasóttir, curated by Marín Björt Valtýsdóttir. Photos/Konsthopp

What kind of qualities do you think a curator should have?

Curating is a broad field of work, and every show is different. I think the artist makes the biggest difference in putting up an exhibition and how fluently it goes. When the collaboration between the artist and the curator is good, magic can happen.

A good curator sees the needs of the artist and the exhibition and does what it takes to combine it in to an interesting exhibition. Flexibility and diplomacy is important, as are social and communication skills since a big part of putting up an exhibition is working with other people and finding common grounds to work from. A curator is also a facilitator, concerning herself with practical matters.

Do you think that new and digital media used in contemporary art has brought new aspects to arts and curating? Yes or no, explain why?

Digital media is very fascinating because it can be very vivid and alive. Due to my young age I cannot say much about the effects it has had on curating since digital media used as an art form is older than I am. What I can tell is that digital media and interactive works are becoming more and more popular in the museum world so the medium is marking its place in the ‘traditional’ art world.

In times of “You Tube” and the Internet, do you think a curator is still needed?

I don’t see the Internet as having much effect on curating, as in making curating unnecessary. Museums and galleries are becoming more and more popular each year and new art fairs seem to be popping up all over the world, so the demand for a curator, if anything, is higher than ever. Youtube creates an abundance of information; years worth of video are uploaded daily on Youtube alone. My partner pointed out to me that curating is engaged in actively by the online community. People have created channels or blogs with little or no original content, consisting of other people’s artworks both collecting and connecting them, cross media.

What are your curatorial plans for the future? What are your personal wishes, hopes and perspectives in curating?

Curating is a very interesting field of work, it offers you an exciting environment to work in, where you get to know artists and their work in a close and remarkable way. I hope to do more curating in the future since I find it an enjoyable experience. If I were to further my studies in curating, I would have to go abroad and at the moment I have no plans, I would be lying though to say that I haven’t looked into it.

What is the future of professional curating from your point of view?

Curating is a profession that seems to be on the rise. With more and more museums bursting up and art fairs existing in every country I think the field of curating is going to bloom in the coming years.

From Artíma #3, work by Hekla Björt Helgasóttir, curated by Marín Björt Valtýsdóttir. Photo/Konsthopp

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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.

Óskar was so captivated by this old man that he has actually considered to get the man’s face tattooed on his body

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.

Congratulation everyone!

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.

Work from the series ” Great Chain of Being” by Hekla Björt Helgadóttir  

Prints for sale by Óskar Hallgrímsson

Still frame from the work “Untitled stills I & II” by Ragnheiður Maísól Sturludóttir

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

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