Lilja Birgisdóttir & Katrín Elvarsdóttir | Titanik, Finland.
Travelling exhibition, Titanik.
Itäinen Rantakatu 8, Turku, Finland.
Opening August 4th 2016 at 6pm, runs through August 28th 2016.
Icelandic artists Lilja Birgisdóttir and Katrín Elvarsdóttir exhibit their work alongside Hertta Kiiski and Marko Mäetamm at Cyclone 3. Cyclone is an area of closed, circular fluid motion rotating in the same direction as the Earth, characterized by inward spiraling winds. Cyclone 3. is a travelling exhibition which leads us to the threshold of circular motions that follow the rotational direction of
What happens, if we start to think, that human beings are not inherently superior to other living things, in a way that encompasses all species; human, seeds, plants, animals and bacteria are part of a system of interdependence. Cyclone 3. is an interdisciplinary process of exploring this repositioning.
French philosopher, Michael Serres calls us to listen what is said both by living beings and the sustainability of our planet as a whole, to look for ways to let the planet speak. Will it help us make sense of our flexible and multiple identities, which are / could be fluid and changeable?
Cyclone 3. is responsive to our changing understanding of life with differences and our world with diversity, facing bio-technologies, climate change, peregrination… Are we able to locate ourselves to be partners of all living beings and all things on the planet with ongoing environmental and social transformations?
The eye of Cyclone is surrounded by a dense ring of cloud known as the eye wall. This marks the most dangerous part of the cyclone having the strongest winds and heaviest rainfall. While exploring different strands of humannature thoughts, there is an interest to provide a voice for marginal communities, organic and non-organic parallers. In response to ‘shared planetary threats’ we might start to find ways to enter to the new
kind of civilization with different forms and laws.
What could they be?
Curated by Mari Krappala.
Lilja Birgisdottir (b.1983) studied photography at the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague, Netherlands and received BA in fine art from the Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavík, Iceland 2010. Since then she has been a member of Kling & Bang, an artist run gallery in Reykjavík where she takes part in selecting artists and curating exhibitions for the space. In 2011 she founded Endemi, an art magazine about Icelandic contemporary art.
Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition If your colors were like my dream at Rawson Projects, New York, 2015 and The And a solo exhibition in Jacqueline Falcone B&B, Miami 2015. Lilja presented artwork in Nada artfair 2015 in New York. Lilja works in various mediums like photography, performance, video art, sound art and installations. Lilja was the author of the The Vessel Orchestra, the opening act for the Reykjavík Art Festival in collaboration with the 15 captains of the Reykjavík Harbour, May 2013. Lilja’s photographic work include images for Damien Rice and Sigur Rós. Lilja is currently working on exhibitions in Tokyo, New York, Reykjavík, Tallinn and Helsinki.
Katrín Elvarsdóttir (b. 1964) graduated from Art Institute of Boston in 1993 with a BFA. She also studied photography at Brevard Community College in 1990, and earned a BA in French from the University of Iceland in 1988.
The moments she captures are timeless not in the sense of a classic moment or a precious memory that syncs in our everyday comprehension of things the images she presents are more about a passing when our eyes glance over something casually, a journey between a nondescript neighborhood between two destinations, a state before one of our emotions come into full bloom.
Yet her images are straight forward and clear, and she photographs objects we have names for. Instead of telling a story of the obvious, the narrative elements in Katrín’s photographs are hidden, or evasive, though not incomplete like having a missing piece to a puzzle.