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Elín Hansdóttir

14 January, 202220 March, 2022

Practice: Elín Hansdóttir’s multidisciplinary practice combines sculpture, photography, and installation to create site-specific works that visually challenge the audience. Her immersive installations transform a place, reconfiguring the scale, geometry, or even its existence at all. Each of Elín’s works follows its own set of rules, constructing an individual world with physical and psychological effects on the viewer. In her works, she explores techniques such as optical illusions, labyrinthian tunnels, disorientation, and playful photography tricks. The unfamiliar physical realities of her installations invite the audience to question one’s own perception of space and time.


Bio: Elín Hansdóttir (b. 1980, Iceland) is an Icelandic artist based in Reykjavík and Berlin and she currently holds a residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien for the years 2021-2022. She holds a BA from Iceland Academy of the Arts and in 2006 she received her MA from Kunsthochschule Weissensee in Berlin. Some of her recent shows include Open Studios at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany (2021), Iðavöllur: Icelandic Art in the 21st Century at the Reykjavík Art Museum in Reykjavík, Iceland (2021), Latent Shadow, and Portal at Harbinger Gallery in Reykjavík, Iceland (2020), and Glass and Concrete – Manifestations of the Impossible at Marta Herford in Herford, Germany (2020).  In 2021 she published the book Long Place documenting her 2005 installation Untitled for the Reykjavík Arts Festival.