Exhibition Opening at Hafnarhús: Panik by Ilmur Stefánsdóttir

Ilmur Stefánsdóttir: Panik at Hafnarhús.

There is chaos and panic in Gallery A at Hafnarhús, Friday, 3 February at 20h00. The structure shakes from the strenuous efforts of a woman which serve no obvious purpose. She runs, jumps, cycles and it appears that the exhibition hall may collapse. The question is whether the woman´s struggles can prevent that from happening, or whether they will be the reason for its downfall.

The artist behind Panik, the installation, is Ilmur Stefánsdóttir. Ilmur has blazed new trails in her art, and frequently connected performances with items or vehicles of her own making, which she uses herself or invites guest to try out. This exhibition brings the devices and machinery close through video art which seems to be intertwined with the hall´s structure; in the ventilation system, inside the pillars and in piles of salt, spread all over the hall. The woman never stops.

Ilmur Stefánsdóttir works equally as an artist or set designer. She graduated from The College of Arts and Crafts in Iceland 1995 and finished her Master’s Degree in Visual Arts at Goldsmiths College London 2000. She has exhibited both in Iceland and abroad and been an active performance artist in Iceland and abroad. She has worked as a costume and set designer in both The City and National Theatre in Iceland. She is one of the founders of the theater group CommonNonsense.

The opening of the exhibition is the highlight of Museum Night at Reykjavík Art Museum. Ólöf Kristín Sigurðardóttir, Director of the museum is the curator of the exhibition. Þórgnýr Thoroddsen, Deputy Cairman of Reykjavík Culture and Tourism Committee will open the exhibition. An hour later, at 21h00, the Artist will conduct a performance in collaboration with the band Cyber.

Reykjavík Art Museum offers several events on Museum Night, Friday, 3 February from 18h00-23h00. There will be workshops, guided tours and concerts an all the three houses, Hafnarhús at Tryggvagata, Kjarvalsstaðir at Flókagata and Ásmundarsafn at Sigtún. More information here.