Gunndís Ýr Finnbogadóttir (b. 1979) received her masters in Fine Art from the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam and Plymouth University (2008) and her masters in art education from the Iceland Academy of the Arts (2011) . Recent exhibitions include: Embracing Impermanence, Living Art Museum, Reykjavík, 24 Spaces – A Cacophony, Malmö Konsthall, Nordic Art Today: conceptual debts, broken dreams and new horizons, Saint Petersburg, P for Performance, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.
Her work is permeated by issues concerning with lived spaces, hospitality, acts and rituals of recollection and female identity. Yet her works are neither sociological nor are they nostalgically sentimental, but rather minimal and poetic. She is interested in authorship and collaboration, questioning individuality and the unique. Much of her works are parallel modernistic ideas with our current times.
Through personal approach to history, traditions and expectations/failure she explores situations that (her) society shares. Although working in various media, she has recently been making installations with text works, which refer to the space and context where they are installed, including an inherent critique on that same context, the collaboration process leading to the work and traditions connected to the context.