Artists on artists: Ilmur Stefánsdóttir
The talk is in Icelandic.
On the occasion of Gilbert & George: THE GREAT EXHIBITION, the Reykjavík Art Museum has approached few artists to walk with visitors through the exhibition and examine artworks and the exhibition through the artists point of view.
The British artist duo Gilbert & George is made up of two men who together form a creative force. For over five decades, they have created unique works where daily life and art merge. These world-renowned artists have shaped contemporary art, and they are known for paving the way for performance art and approaching their private life like an artwork. They have challenged prevailing, bourgeois ideas of taste and decorum, and also advanced the changing of attitude towards gays and other minority groups.
Ilmur Stefánsdóttir (b. 1969) lives and works in Reykjavík. She draws inspiration from everyday life and examines the connections between people and objects in a performative way. In her works she takse everyday object out of context and gives them a new role, whether it is useful or completely useless. Ilmur graduated from The College of Arts and Crafts in Iceland 1995 and finished her Masters Degrees in Visual Arts at Goldsmiths College London 2000. She is well acquainted with the city and the environment from which Gilbert & George emerge, and where they have been a great inspiration for the art scene.
Ilmur has exhibited both in Iceland and abroad and been an active performance artist. She has worked as a costume and set designer in both City and National theatre in Iceland. She is one of the founders of Commonnonsense, who made Hugleikur Dagssons “Avoid us” and “Abortion the musical”, the domestic circus “Falling in love with my kitchen-aid”, the documentary play ”My mother-in-law” and the bus performance Routeopia.