Gígja Jónsdóttir: Grand Finale
Intimacy in three acts consists of performances and installations appearing around the city. The work explores the boundaries between public and private spaces, taboos and emotions, and celebrates the universally human need for intimacy in unprecented times.
Grand Finale: Arnarhóll - interactive performance - Sunday, 18 October at 15:00
Gígja Jónsdóttir (b. 1991) approaches her subjects through different media, such as performances, videos, music and installation. Human beings and their staged and actual environment is her main theme, as well as the dialogue with and connection to the viewer. Gígja finished an MA in fine art San Francisco Art Institute in spring 2018. She graduated from The Reykjavík School of Visual Arts in 2016 and from the contemporary dance department of The Iceland University of the Arts in 2013.
This autumn, Reykjavík Art Museum for the second time holds a group exhibition of new art in public spaces. The works of eight artists appear in a diverse and novel fashion around the city and in the communal spaces modern technology has to offer. This includes performances, interventions and various happenings which echo the communal space, the public domain, streets, squares and buildings which we share. Mostly, these works are created in intangible media; the Autumn Bulbs take root around the city and appear in unexpected circumstances. The subject matters of the eight participating artists vary but they all have in common that they illuminate or ask questions about the daily life of locals and visitors in the city. They revolve around the line between private and public space, ownership and freedom as well as getting people to stop, look around and gain a new perception of their environment. Inevitably, the works incorporate the societal changes which have taken place this year, regarding daily interaction and habits in epidemic times. Some of the works will only be performed once but others have a longer or more frequent existence. The programme can be found in an accompanying catalogue, on the museum’s social media and its activity calendar.