CONTACT:

ragnheidur@siberia.is

 

BIO:

Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir is a multidisciplinary Icelandic artist heavily influenced by her background in visual anthropology. In her installations, sculptures, photos and films she critically explores the human desire for uniformity and absolute truths and their inherent failure. She does so by revealing the power structures, layers and cracks hidden under a desired glossy surface. She is interested in knowledge production and language and the impossibility of translation - be it across languages, cultures, times, places or individuals, focusing on the concealed and marginalized narratives that scaffold the dominant ones.

 

Ragnheiður is also a documentary filmmaker, she has worked with several artists and musicians, including Ragnar Kjartansson, Hreinn Friðfinnsson and Björk. Her films have been shown internationally at museums and galleries, film festivals, on TV as well as being released on DVD.

 

Ragnheiður received an MFA from Bard College in 2012 and an MA in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths College in 2001. She has exhibited her work at the Reykjavík Art Museum, Gerðarsafn Art Museum, Kunstschlager Gallery, The Living Art Museum and at the Sequences Art Festival in Reykjavík, Göteborgs Konsthall and Cecilia Hillström Gallery in Sweden, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Soloway Gallery and Franklin Street Works in New York City, among other venues. Her work can be found in the collection of major museums in Iceland and private collections abroad. 

 

CV:

EDUCATION

   

2010 - 2012      Bard College - Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, MFA Fine Art

2009 - 2010      School Of Visual Arts, New York, MFA Fine Arts Department (one year)

2000 - 2001      Goldsmiths College, University of London, MA Visual Anthropology

1996 - 1999      University of Iceland, BA Anthropology

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

 

2021

Multiples                                           Reykjanes Art Museum, Reykjanesbær, Iceland

Góðir gestir                                       Cecilia Hillström Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

Is the Spirit aware of the Matter?      The Living Art Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland

2018

The Journey Home                           Reykjavík Art Festival, Wind and Weather Gallery, Iceland

2017 

The In, With and Between Us           Gerðarsafn Art Museum, Kópavogur Iceland 

2016

Artzine.is                                           Solo show, Hótel Holt and the internet, Reykjavík, Iceland

KINGDOM, flora, fauna, fable           Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland

The Future We Remember                Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, USA

Open House                                      Beirut Art Residency, Lebanon

I Boreali                                             Nordic Art Festival, Milan, Italy

2015 

Speak Nearby                                   Soloway Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, USA  

Let me tell you a story                       Göteborgs Konsthall, Göteborg, Sweden 

The Heart Beat                                  Doma International Art Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria 

Nowhere else                                    Hjalteyri Factory, Iceland 

Real Life                                            Skaftfell, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

Kunstschlagerstofa                           Reykjavík Art Museum, Iceland

Development                                     Hafnarborg Art Museum, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland

2014

Big Bang – What a Thang                 Solo show at Kunstschlager Gallery, Reykjavík  

Little Noises                                       Franklin Street Works, Connecticut, USA

Time and Time and Again                 The Living Art Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland

PLAY                                                  Soloway gallery in New York & The Living Art Museum, Iceland  

Bring your own Beamer                    The Living Art Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland

2013 

Loco Motion                                      Solo show, Sequences Art Festival VI, Reykjavík, Iceland

Love                                                  The Willows, New York, USA

Pale Blue Dot                                    Skaftfell – Bookstore Project Space, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

Parlor Show                                       Smiðjustígur 10, Reykjavík Culture Night, Iceland

2012 

Self Titled                                          Bard MFA show, UBS Gallery, New York, USA  

The Last Space                                 The Webster Miami, Miami Beach, USA  

Without Destination                           Reykjavík Art Museum, Iceland

Urban Legend                                   Vaudeville Park Gallery, New York, USA


 

SELECTED FILMS

 

Time and Time and Again                16 mm film, 50 min. Documentary film on the life and art of Hreinn                                                              Friðfinnsson. Co-directed with Markús Þór Andrésson, 2014

As if We Existed                               16 mm film, 30 min. Experimental film about Ragnar Kjartansson                                                                who represented Iceland at the Venice Biennale in 2009. 2011

Rangsælis                                         Video, 11 min. Travel film shot while moving counter clockwise                                                                  around Iceland in 2011

Steypa                                               Video, 67 min. Documentary film about the creative process of six                                                            Icelandic artists. Co-directed with Markús Þór Andrésson, 2007

Versations Tetralógía                         Video, 30 min. Documentary about Gabríela Friðriksdóttir who                                                                    represented Iceland at the Venice Biennale, 2005

Inner or Deep Part of 

an Animal or Plant Structure             Video, 50 min. A film about the creative process behind the                                                                        making of Björk’s Medúlla album, 2004 

Minuscule                                         Video, 75 min. A documentary film about Björk’s Vespertine tour,                                                                her creative process and co-workers, 2002

Niceland                                           Video and found footage, 19 min. Experimental portrait of the                                                                      visual representation of a nation, 2001 


 

GRANTS, RESIDENCIES

 

2021       The Iceland Visual Arts Fund, research grant

               Obras Arts Foundation, art residency in Portugal

2020       Artist salary grant, Iceland Ministry of Culture and Education

               The Iceland Visual Arts Fund, project grant

               Muggur, travel grant

               Icelandic Art Center, travel grant

2019       Artist salary grant, Iceland Ministry of Culture and Education

2017       Artist salary grant, Iceland Ministry of Culture and Education

               The Iceland Visual Arts Fund, project grant

2016       Beirut Art Residency, Lebanon

               Artist salary grant, Iceland Ministry of Culture and Education

               Icelandic Art Center, travel grant

2015       Myndstef, project grant

               The Iceland Visual Arts Fund, project grant

               Skaftfell, art residency at Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

2013       BANFF Arts Center, art residency in Canada

               Skaftfell, art residency at Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

               The Iceland Visual Arts Fund, project grant

               Icelandic Film Fund, production grant

               MEDIA Film Fund, production grant

               Nordic Film and TV Fund, production grant 

2012       Bard College, fellowship grant

2011       Myndstef v/Eins og við værum

               Bard College, fellowship grant

2010       American Scandinavian Foundation, Thor Thors Grant 

               The Guðmunda Andrésdóttir support fund, education gant

               Bard College, fellowship grant

2008       Icelandic Film Fund, production grant

2007       Icelandic Film Fund, scriptwriting grant

               Icelandic Art Center, project grant  

2005       Icelandic Film Fund, production grant