Hulda Rós Gudnadóttir | Berlin, Germany
Hulda Rós Gudnadóttir
Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstraße 124-128, 10969 Berlin, Germany
May 30th – June 25th, 2018
Hulda Rós Gudnadóttir selected to exhibit at Berlinische Galerie – Museum of Modern Art, in Berlin, Germany
Award winning artist Hulda Rós Gudnadóttir has been selected to present her film Keep Frozen as a solo screening at Berlinische Galerie as part of the 12 x 12 programme curated by Anne Bitterwolf. The exhibition will take place from the 30.05 to 25.06.2018. Gudnadóttir is an artist from Reykjavík, Iceland who has been based in Berlin since 2009. She is known for her long-term process-oriented practice characterised by social engagement and artistic outcomes in various media, including film, performance and large mixed- media installations that she defines as research existing beyond traditional text-based approaches.
The 12 x 12 programme was established in 2011 in Berlinische Galerie ́s solo video art gallery. As part of this screening series over the course of one year twelve artists are presented who have recently drawn attention to themselves with innovative use of the media film and video. Acclaimed artists such as John Bock, Christian Janowski, Annika Larsson, Agnieszka Polska, Hito Steyrl and Clemens von Wedemeyer have been included to name a few.
Keep Frozen (HD, 68 min) premiered 2016 as part of the Regard Neuf category at the renowned artistic film festival Visions du Reel in Nyon, Switzerland, and has since then travelled the international film festivals and been nominated for dozens of prizes. The film is part of a larger research project Keep Frozen (2010- 2016) that took its starting point from the artist childhood memories at harbours as the centre of urban life. Gudnadóttir is interested in exploring the current social function of the harbour. The research and exhibition process took her to port cities along the Atlantic coast such as Reykjavik in Iceland, Essaouira in Morocco and Red Hook in Brooklyn, New York. Her focus has shifted from the general aesthetics of the port, the materiality and its colourfulness, to the movements and the labor and activities taking place. The artistic and research outcomes have included multi-channel immersive video installations, publications, sculptures, performances, digital photography, interdisciplinary seminars among other things.
”In Keep Frozen – the documentary (2016) the artist focuses on the work of men who unload the freezer holds of huge factory trawlers in Reykjavík harbour: 20,000 25-kilo boxes of fish in 48 hours, at -35 degrees Celsius. A single wrong move, a mistake in the process can lead to a fatal accident. Gudnadóttir shows the routine processes of monotonous, physically extremely hard work. Accompanied by brief voice-over narratives of the workers, she presents the otherwise largely invisible activity in a very special microcosm. This is as male-dominated world, unlike most other occupational fields today, and at the same time an example of the changes that fisheries have undergone in recent decades. Since the establishment of container ships in the late 1950s, harbours, supply routes and consumer behaviour have changed, as well as port ties to the local communities surrounding them. In Reykjavik, for example, a politically promoted “revitalisation” of the port area through new office buildings and chic cafés has led to the displacement of long- established small businesses that traditionally have serviced the fishermen. Through her portraits of local harbour work, Gudnadóttir points to global problems and issues such as the migration of cheap labor or gentrification, thus addressing the consequences of globalization”.
– Anne Bitterwolf, Berlinische Galerie curator of 12 x 12
About the artist
Hulda Ros Gudnadóttir works predominately on long-term projects; creative documentaries, large mixed- media installations and interdisciplinary collaborative projects in addition to smaller works such as single- channel videos, performance, intervention, sculptures and digital photography. The subject of her works touches upon socio-economic issues from a personal perspective and comes to life through a practice and public exhibition based process that she defines as research. She has staged solo exhibitions in museums such as Reykjavik Art Museum and ASI Art Museum in Reykjavik, Iceland but also in ‘Kunsthalle’ projects that included Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig and renowned project spaces such as Program in Berlin (2010). She has also participated in numerous group exhibitions and screenings at galleries, project spaces and film festivals in countries such as USA, Mexico, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, UK, France, Poland, Serbia, Greece, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Japan and Hong Kong. She currently holds the invitation of artist-in- residence at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin for one year. In November this year, a retrospective exhibition of the Keep Frozen research project and artistic outcomes will be shown in the 5000 m2 space in Verksmidjan, Hjalteyri, Iceland.