Curator Talk: Birta Guðjónsdóttir
Curator Talk with Birta Guðjónsdóttir through the exhibition Chromo Sapiens by Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir / Shoplifter at Hafnarhús.
Chromo Sapiens is the work of Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir / Shoplifter (b. 1969) and was the contribution of Iceland to the Venice Biennale in 2019. Icelandic band HAM creates a soundscape for the installation.
In Icelandic. Free with admission.
Birta Gudjonsdottir (b. 1977) is a curator and artist living in Reykjavik and Berlin. She was a Curator of the Icelandic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2019; exhibition of Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir / Shoplifter. In 2013-2018 she had the position as Chief Curator at the National Art Museum of Iceland, Reykjavik. In 2015 she was a Co-curator of Momentum – Nordic Art Biennial of Contemporary Art in Moss, Norway. In 2013 she was a guest-curator of the Nordic Triennial of Art in Eskilstuna, Sweden. In 2009-2011 she had the position as Director of The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik. In 2008-09 she had the position of Artistic Director of exhibition space 101 Projects, Reykjavik. In 2008 she worked as curator´s assistant at MuHKA; Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp, Belgium. In 2007-08 she took part in the Nordic Baltic Curatorial Platform project, initiated by FRAME, Finland. In 2005-08 she worked as a Curator at SAFN, Private Contemporary Art Collection, Reykjavik.
Gudjonsdottir has independently curated over twenty-five exhibitions in Amsterdam, Basel, Berlin, Boden, Copenhagen, Oslo, Melbourne, New York, St. Petersburg, Venice and most art museums and art spaces in Iceland. In 2011 she participated in the Curatorial Intensive program of ICI; Independent Curators International, New York. In 2011 she participated in The Cornwall Workshop, organised by Tate St. Ives. She has been on advisory boards of the Icelandic Art Center and The Icelandic Academy of the Arts. Since 2002 she has produced her home-gallery Dwarf Gallery, Reykjavik. She is a member of IKT, International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art.