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THE WEIRD GIRLS PROJECT

Net stroll: 7th of June 2012

“The Weird Girls Project” is an Icelandic art collective that brings girls together to participate in an unknown conceptual multimedia mission known as an “episode.” Each episode consists of a video set to music and a photo shoot, which can be seen on the net. Since 2007, the project has birthed fifteen episodes, including three “specials.” The project is a brain child of Kitty Von Sometime, a DJ and a concept artist, originally from the UK.

EPISODE 15: BEAUTY IS ONLY SKIN DEEP (2012)

… The performance was much harder and more brutal for the participating women and for Kitty herself as a director. The cast and crew consisted of 60 people and the location was an old fishmeal factory, extremely cold, foul smelling and damp. The women’s boundaries and self acceptance were pushed until they were raw so that the element of the piece could be accurately captured …

— Read the full description here

SPECIAL EPISODE: UN WOMAN (2011)

… UNIFEM Iceland approached Kitty to produce a piece to celebrate the organisation joining forces with other institutions to become UN Women. After discussing the issues encompassed in this work this special episode drew its visual focus from the themes ‘Women supporting women’, ‘Freedom’ and ‘Giving women a stronger voice’…

— Read the full description here

EPISODE 1: NEON FAME AND THE LAST SUPPER (2007)

… The first episode of The Weird Girls Project was somewhat of an experiment. At this stage there was no plan to make this into a series, it was concentrating on the event itself and the media produced was a record of the event …

— Read the full description here

About the project:

The Weird Girls Project is an ongoing art experiment created and produced concept artist Kitty Von-Sometime. It evolves ‘Episode’ by ‘Episode’ and the participants mix between those involved from the beginning and new members increasing with every event. Each Episode is planned for about three months with the participants knowing as little as possible. The main element of the project is ‘release to the unknown’.

Media is produced from each Episode but the project also focuses on the event itself and how the women react, improvise and morph within costume learning about their power of self combined with the strength of coming together as a group. The women are varying in ages, backgrounds and experience, and do not necessarily know each other before the day. The Project involves ordinary women rather than professional actresses or models and part of the inspiration was to encourage a gain in self confidence within women, especially focusing around body issues and a release of inhibitions.


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NÁND / CLOSE

Vernissage: 5th of May 2012, Hlaðan (Vogar)

Sisters share the scent and smells — the feel of a common childhood 

Hildur the sisters union opened the exhibition “Close” recently at Hladan. The title refers to the sisters’ relationship and the relationship between the viewer and the artists but the artists; Gunnhildur and Brynhildur are sisters by blood.

Their close relationship reflected in every corner of the exhibition. The atmosphere was therefore very intimate and homelike. Guests could participate and interact by touching, smelling and talking.

Photographs by Konsthopp

The exhibition is inspired by the sister´s surreal ideas where adventures can take place. Mannequins become furniture, fury kitchen utensils contain poems and clothes become art.

Our readers should know Gunnhildur Thordardottir from her previous exhibition “Losun / Emission.” Her sister; Brynhildur Thordardottir designs unique wool clothes and other items under the name; Lúka Art and Design.

I´m going to end this entry with this poet from the exhibition:

The sisters

They both laughed resounding and uncontained laugher

Which echoes in memories

They had mysterious smiles and sometimes sad, big eyes

Their friends believed they look liked big birds

They loved their family above all

They were one man´s wives

Traveling in the blue sky

They wanted to go untrodden paths

They loved the arts and are still laughing

Date: 5th – 28th of May 2012

Artists: Gunnhildur Thordardottir and Brynhildur Thordardottir

Place: Menningarverkefnið Hlaðan, Egilsgata 8, Vogar

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KONSTFACK SPRING EXHIBITION ’12

Vernissage: 16th of May 2012, Konstfack (Stockholm)

A glimpse in photographs from the opening of the spring exhibition at Konstfack last Wednesday. The exhibition is open until Sunday 27th of May. Stay tuned for more photographs and interviews!

 Live show & performance by Dyke Hard

“The ceremony” by Tobias Larsson

“I wasn’t allowed to wear black” by Liv Pettersson

“Lugnt, Stillsamt, Vackert” by Julia Dalgren

“PATTERN ATTACK” by Lisa Dalenius

“Smara” by Emma Persson

“Girls Club” by Karin Kakan Hermansson

“Happy meal” by Supawan Sihapoompichit

Work by Ida Bentinger

“Extensions, retractions, and missing parts” by Bianca Niabuco

“Ramené” by Emilie Florin

Work by Yusi-Chen

Work by Jonna Fransson

Photographs by Konsthopp

You can check out Konstfack´s 2011 exhibition here and here!

Artists: Newly graduates with Bachelor and Master degrees from Konstfack

Date: 16th – 27th of May 2012

Place: Konstfack, Telefonplan, Stockholm

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IMAGINATION WITHOUT BORDERS

Closed: 21st of April – 6th of May 2012, Hafnarhúsið (Reykjavik)

Students from the departments of Fine Arts, Design and Architecture at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, exhibited their graduate projects at Reykjavík Art Museum – Hafnarhús, earlier this month. The exhibition is usually impressive and this year was no exception.

Let the pictures speak for themselves.

Photographs by Konsthopp

Washing machine, washing the Icelandic flag ; super-sized swing ; cloud machine ; gramophone (Jónófón) in new costume — the imagination was prevailing at every turn at Hafnarhúsið and wholly without any borders.

Cheers everyone!

Date: 21st of April – 6th of April 2012

Artists: Graduation students from Fine Arts, Design and Architecture Department

Place: Hafnarhúsið, Tryggvagötu 27, Reykjavik

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PICTURES FROM SAVAGE BEAUTY

Vernissage: 18th of November 2011, GunGallery (Stockholm)

The Norwegian photographer, Sølve Sundsbø, is definitely one of the pioneers of heavily manipulated fashion photography. Today — he is even regarded as a fashion institution by some people.

Sundsbø´s career started when he moved to London in 1995 — where he served Nick Knight for the next four years. His mentor was a hard teacher but the hardness paid off and Sundsbø entered the fashion world, stooped by experience and got important clients such as Tom Ford, YSL, Gucci, Dior and Armani.

In Pictures from Savage beauty, Sundsbø elevates one of the most adored fashion icon of our time — Alexander McQueen. Originally, he produced the 144 pictures for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as they were showcased in an exhibition dedicated to McQueen shortly after his suicide.

The pictures are build upon Sundsbø´s idea of photographing some of McQueen´s favorite models, covered with white body painting. In the post-production, he removed some typical body parts, making the models look like dolls or mannequins but retained their original movements and poses. The retrospective exhibition became one of the most attended show at the Metropolitan last year.

Photographs by Konsthopp

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Date: 18th of November – 18th of December 2011

Photographer: Sølve Sundsbø

Place: GunGallery, Runebergsgatan 3, Stockholm

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DECADE OF FASHION

Closed: 13th of November 2011, Gerðarsafn (Kópavogur)

And more about fashion.

Iceland´s fashion designers have been flourishing ever since the economy crashed in 2008. The broken economy led to lower rents on Laugarvegur, the capital´s most known shopping street, as well as our national devil (the Icelandic currency króna) sided against young designers to move abroad. Once the money disappeared, the fashion industry took on new life. Additionally, many design shops popped up in the city center, attracting both tourists and locals.

Sonja Bent

Mundi

Skaparinn

Sock by Sonja Bent

Photographs by Konsthopp

The exhibition was extensive and featured some of today´s best Icelandic fashion design. The Icelandic Fashion Council held the exhibition but the organization recently celebrated their tenth anniversary.

And the promise of Icelandic design keeps on rising…

Date: 8th of October – 13th of November 2011

Designers: Áróra, Ásta Creative Clothes, Farmers Market, Birna, Lúka Art & Design, Skaparinn, Shadow Creatures, ELM, Kurl Projekt, Eva María Árnadóttir, Eygló, Go with Jan, MUNDI, Gust, Guðmundur Jörundsson, Andersen & Lauth, Hanna Felting, Ziska, Ígló, KronKron, IBA-The Indian in Me, Jbj design, Kalda, REY, Forynja, Lykkjufall, Sonja Bent, Path of Love, Sunbird, Thelma, Spaksmannsspjarir, Eight of Hearts, Vera and Sruli Recht.

Place: Gerðarsafn, Hamraborg 4, Kópavogur

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“SUITABLE SUITS”

Closing: 20th of November 2011, Galleri KG52 (Stockholm)

The suit. To suit something. It actually has it origins with the word of sequi. A Latin word for to follow. 

How very interesting.” (Elin Eng)

Along with some friends, I was on my way from another exhibition when I got a recommendation from my roommate to check out an opening of a newly graduated textile artist. “It’s good! and they have candy too” was the info I got.

It was really an eye-catching sight, walking down the stairs of KG52 last week. The exhibition opens with multiple heads of mannequins hanging from the air. The space is used wisely, creating a mysterious narrative as the viewer walks into the big room — the factory of suits — were headless mannequins dressed in Eng’s design, hang from a “factory-like” clothing carousel. It is a beautiful collection but still there is something creepy about it. Something more profound; more dramatic.

Walking around the room, looking at the different pieces, it felt like our minds altered. We started finding links and references. Questions, thoughts and discussion arose.

“Look at the shoes!” — “Why is the cage open?” — “Oh it doesn’t have a bottom” — And the suits, why are they black and white vs/ color?” — “us vs/ them?” — “Something that unites us?” — “Or divides us?” — “Controles us?” —”Oh and the headless mannequins!” — “The funnel-shaped “glasses” — “Something that guides our vision?” — Or controls it?

Maybe.

It just kept on and on.

According to the artist, her main aspiration with the exhibition “Suitable Suits. Infatuated by the holy quest of growth”, is to create a debate, as she tickles the thoughts and discussion of different patterns of behavior. Questions are raised of “…how we consume and produce fashion and how it relates to our power structures and actions within them”, says Elin Eng.

Among us friends, there were questions, suggestions, thoughts and different opinions when walking throughout the gallery.

To us, Elin Eng had succeeded.

Photographs by Konsthopp

In spring 2011 , Elin Eng graduated with a degree in Fashion design from Textilhögskolan in Borås. Her degree collection “Infatuated by the holy quest of growth” has been a great success as Elin has been given two grants as well as being the winner of this year’s Show Up Fashion Award — Sweden’s most creative fashion competition.

Artist: Elin Eng

Date: 10th – 20th of November 2011

Place: Galleri KG52, Kammakaregatan 52, Stockholm

Opening hours:  Wednesday, 12.00 – 18.00 ; Thursday, 12.00 – 20.00 ; Friday – Saturday, 12.00 – 16.00

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