Ragnar Kjartansson | San Francisco, California
Romantic Songs of the Patriarchy
Women’s Building, 3543 18th Street #8, San Francisco, CA 94110
November 9th – 11th, 2018
C Project was founded by Carla Emil to bring original performance-based art experiences to San Francisco.
The foundation will commission leading contemporary artists to create site specific art events in nontraditional venues that will be free and open to the public.
C Project will launch its inaugural event with Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson this November.
Romantic Songs of the Patriarchy is a three-day durational musical performance that will be staged throughout the public and private spaces of the Women’s Building in the Mission District of San Francisco. The audience will encounter musicians performing familiar and what at first appear to be innocuous love songs but, when listened to more carefully, reveal more complex and often more disturbing attitudes towards women.
Ragnar’s work often draws on repetition to tease out the complexity of an idea or emotion, resulting in works that are often at once joyful, funny, sorrowful, and deeply moving. Romantic Songs of the Patriarchy will continue his interest in using a durational performance to explore a complicated and challenging social issue, one that has become increasingly complex in the wake of the current cultural climate.
The performance will take place on November 9, 10th and 11th, 2018. Tickets are sold out but go to Eventbrite to get on the Waitlist.
About the artist
Ragnar Kjartansson draws on the entire arc of art in his performative practice. The history of film, music, theatre, visual culture and literature find their way into his video installations, durational performances, drawing and painting. Pretending and staging become key tools in the artist’s attempt to convey sincere emotion and offer a genuine experience to the audience.
Kjartansson’s work has been exhibited widely. Recent solo exhibitions include the Barbican Art Gallery in London, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and the New Museum in New York. Kjartansson was born in 1976 in Reykjavík and studied at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and The Royal Academy, Stockholm.