Birgir Snæbjörn Birgisson (b. 1966) studied at The Icelandic College of Art and Crafts, and École Des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg in France. The theme of blondes has re-occurred in Birgisson’s work for over a decade now, focusing on the question of politics of representation, addressed through the visual negotiations of blondes in our cultural environments. His work reaches from paintings via installation on site to photographs. What connects all the different media is the issue of how identities are made and shaped, distributed and retold, rooted and rebounded. The work underline the actively politicized versions of what is beautiful and how that is used and abused – from any sides of the equation, wishes, wants and fears.
Birgir Snæbjörn Birgisson
Oil on LP covers
285 cm x 920 cm
Photograph: Arkisto, (Installation shot from the exhibition, Ladies, Beautiful Ladies, at Helsinki Contemporary, 2014)