Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir | Demon’s Mouth in Oslo
Opening: Friday, February 6th — 20:00
Open: 07/02 – 15/02
Demon’s Mouth presents Predictions, a solo exhibition of works by Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir.
The exhibition includes photographs taken during a field research in Mývatnssveit, north Iceland, where the artist surveyed an archaeology excavation last summer. The show also includes selection of works made during and shortly after Þorgerður’s graduation from the MFA department at Glasgow School of Art.
“We are looking at a pre-Christian burial site, what is known as kuml in Icelandic. It struck me when you said that one can detect such sites by the land formation present when the graves have already been robbed or somehow meddled with. To know something only by its destruction. That is in a way what archaeology does; break ground, clear up dirt and take stuff away for study. You were wondering whether the Kumlabrekka, a site named after its many burial places, was still Kumlabrekka when all the burial sites had been emptied. Is it the same place as before, without the thing that gave it meaning? ” (Extract from a text by Bjarki Bragason).
Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir (b. 1985) lives and works in Reykjavík, Iceland. She graduated with Bachelor of Fine Arts from Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2009 and received Masters of Fine Art from Glasgow School of Art in 2013. Her practice is concerned with ideas and definitions of identity and place and the field of systems we use to understand the natural world. Upcoming exhibitions and projects include Staðir / Places, biannual exhibition and residency in west of Iceland, and Future Remains – a collaboration with the National Museum of Iceland. Recent exhibitions and projects include Listasafn Árnesinga, Words Don’t Come Easy, publication with FUMF collective. Glasgow International. The Factory in Hjalteyri. Flemming House, Glasgow. Catalyst Arts, Belfast, Sound of Mu, Oslo. Reykjavik Art Museum. Galtarviti, Lighthouse Residency. Joshua Baskin Gallery, Glasgow. Political Critique, Warsaw. Kling and Bang Gallery, Reykjavik. Galleri 69, Grünerløkka Lufthavn, Oslo and Reykjanes Art Museum, Keflavík, Iceland.