Sigurður Guðjónsson to represent Iceland at the Venice Biennale

Artist Sigurður Guðjónsson will represent Iceland at the Venice Biennale in 2021. Sigurður is known for his powerful video works where visual, audio and space create an organic whole. He started his exhibition career at the turn of the century on the vibrant artist-run experimental scene in Reykjavík that has fostered new art in temporary venues all over the old city. His dark and hypnotically moody videos immediately set him apart and attracted attention.

With more than twenty solo exhibitions and dozens of group shows and festival screenings, his works have found appreciative audiences around the world. Sigurður Guðjónsson was awarded the 2018 Icelandic Art Prize as Visual Artist of the Year for his 2017 exhibition Inlight in the chapel and morgue of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hafnarfjörður and commissioned by Listasafn ASÍ. His newest work Enigma is currently scheduled for exhibitions at Kennedy Center, DC, Adler Planetarium and Carnegie Hall, among other exhibition places in 2019.

Sigurður Guðjónsson exploits the potential of time-based media to produce pieces that rhythmically engage the viewer in a synaesthetic experience, linking vision and hearing in ways that seem to extend one’s perceptual field and produce sensations never felt before.

Sigurður Guðjónsson was born in Reykjavík in 1975. He studied at Billedskolen in Copenhagen 1998-1999, Iceland University of the Arts in 2000-2003 and Akademie Der Bildenden Kunste in Vienna in 2004.

Being selected to represent Iceland in the biennale is a great honour. Icelandic artists have participated since 1960.

The selection for the Venice Biennale 2021 was made by Icelandic Art Center’s professional committee which is comprised of: Helga Björg Kjerúlf, Director, Ásdís Spanó, artist and Ágústa Kristófersdóttir, Director of Hafnarborg – the Hafnarfjörður Centre of Culture and Fine Art. Council guests were Heiðar Kári Rannversson, curator and artist Sigurður Árni Sigurðsson.

For further information, contact
Auður Jörundsdóttir
Director of Icelandic Art Center
tel. +354 5626272