Bjarki Bragason (b. 1983) studied at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, Universität der Künste Berlin, and received an MFA from CalArts, Los Angeles in 2010. In his work he often discusses history, time, collecting, identity construction and the proliferation of political histories through fragments and ruins of buildings or natural structures. Recently he has been involved as an artist researcher in projects relating to archaeology, and taken part in research expeditions to the Greenland ice cap. Bjarki is interested in sites which hold evidence of collisions of the human- and geological time scales, issues of the anthropocene and how political and biological shifts occur.
Recent solo exhibitions include Past Understandings and Desire Ruin at the Antiquities Department of the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Mineral Collection of the Naturhistorisches Museum in Vienna and The Sea, at the Schildt Foundation and Pro Artibus in Tammisaari, Finland. His work has recently been featured in group exhibitions such as Distance Plan: Infrastructure of Climate at Human Resources in Los Angeles and at St. Paul St. Gallery at the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, KINGDOM – flora, fauna, fable at the Reykjavik Art Museum, 24 Spaces at Malmö Konsthall, Nordic Art Today at Etagi Projects St. Petersburg and many others. Bjarki is frequently involved in artist-curated projects, publications and cultural work. Alongside his studio and research practice he has been chairman of the Reykjavik School of Visual Arts, is a member of the European Cultural Parliament and currently is Assistant Professor and Programme Director of the Fine Art Department of the Iceland Academy of the Arts.
Bjarki is the recipient of the Lovelace Scholarship at CalArts, the Dungal Art Award and the Gudmunda Andresdottir scholarship of the National Gallery of Iceland. Bjarki currently lives and works in Reykjavik but usually spends half the year on residencies. Recent residencies include Pro Artibus (Finland), Schildt Foundation (Russia, Greece), Austrian Federal Chancellery, HIAP (Helsinki) and Schönholz (Berlin).