Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir & Becky Forsythe / Incidents (of Travel)
Incidents (of Travel)
Curator: Becky Forsythe
Artist: Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir
As part of the ninth edition of Incidents (of Travel), on a short day in November, Curator Becky Forsythe and artist Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir followed an itinerary, devised by the artist, to a number of sites on the way to / from Reykjavík via the entry / exit routes, and to a hill overlooking the city. Working with high and low tide and the fading daylight, the tour moments were collected with the remains of an disappearing forest at Kjalarnes, the psuedocraters of Rauðhólar, urbanized glacier moraines, the Icelandic Meteorological Office, Sólveig Aðalsteinsdóttir´s Passage of Time, Perlan and the surrounding area. Moving between nature in the real, and nature safeguarded in protected places and museum, this edition considers geology, natural history and myth in the surfaces of geologic time, in the context of human time.
‘Incidents (of Travel)‘ explores the chartered itinerary as a format of artistic encounter and an extended offline conversation between curator/s and artist/s. Online storytelling presents and documents curatorial fieldwork and a day conceived by an artist for a curator. Produced by KADIST, edited by Latitudes (Barcelona), Incidents (of Travel) was originally conceived as a new form of curatorial fieldwork and an expanded studio visit.
Earlier conversations have taken place in Buenos Aires (Argentina), Hobart (Tasmania), Yerevan (Armenia), Terengganu (Malaysia), Lisbon (Portugal), Suzhou (China), Jinja (Uganda) and Chicago (US).
Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir (b.1985, Iceland) is an artist based in Reykjavík. Her practice considers ideas and definitions of identity, place, and the systems we use to understand the natural world as it meets, overlaps, and is interpreted within human environments. Her solo exhibitions include þá, þegar Harbinger gallery, Reykjavík (2016), and Predictions, Demon’s Mouth, Oslo (2015). She is co-founder of Staðir (Places) a biannual exhibition project and mobile residency in the Westfjords, Iceland. From 2014—2018 she was the Director of Nýlistasafnið / The Living Art Museum in Reykjavík, a non-profit, artist-run museum founded in 1978.
Becky Forsythe (b.1984, Canada) is a curator based in Reykjavík. Her curatorial work considers how the roles of artist and curator intersect and can be made manifest through diverse spaces and situations. Her interests span varied systems of collecting—both natural and found and brought together—and alternative and evolving ways of presenting both local and universal representations of nature, not least nature’s evidence of human impulses. From 2015—2018 she was the Collection Manager at Nýlistasafnið / The Living Art Museum, where she contributed to facilitating a number of artist projects and organized exhibitions including Adorn (2015), Rolling Line (2017, co-curated with Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir), and Distant Matter (2018).
Latitudes is a curatorial office based in Barcelona, Spain, that works internationally across contemporary art practices, founded in 2005 by Max Andrews and Mariana Cánepa Luna.
KADIST, Category defying from its inception, KADIST originates in Paris and San Francisco and extends to a far-reaching network of artists, curators, and advisors committed to a panoramic view of contemporary art, urgent global issues, and progressive social values.