Nýp Project Space presents Katrín Sigurðardóttir´s work
TIL STAÐAR is one of three installations/exhibitions by Katrín Sigurðardóttir in three separate regions of Iceland: Hoffell at Vatnajökull, Skarðströnd in Breiðafjörður and Svalbarðshreppur in Norður-Þingeyjarsýsla.
The artwork TIL STAÐAR is an installation in the the natural environment. The exhibition consists of three photographic works, and an archive documenting the making of the works. The underlying theme of the work is the interplay between local resources, human intervention and the processes of nature itself. The title TIL STAÐAR literally means “Towards a Place”, but can also mean “present”, “in-place”, and even “a dedication to a place”. The work comprises the 2021 summer exhibition of the Nýp Project Space.
In recent years Katrín has in her art worked with the elemental processes of nature and the earth. These processes, traditionally the subjects of archaeology and geology, bear witness to the past, demonstrate the memory in the material itself, and reveal fragments of the history of the earth and humankind. Katrín uses techniques borrowed from industrial mining; she extracts materials from the earth, using processes and transportation methods that have been linked to industrialisation and colonialism.
However, in TIL STAÐAR, Katrín’s methods differ in that she returns the materials back to their point of origin. For a brief moment in time, she gives her material the form of a building, made of unfired bricks/paving stones, and preserves this in photographs. Then, she arranges the bricks back at the place from which they were taken, and the processes of nature take over from there; earth returns to earth.
In Katrín’s work, there is a multilayered narrative to be read about the lot of humanity – themes that art throughout history has engaged with: the transience of human existence, and the ability – or inability – to face that transience. The work also poses some interesting questions concerning today’s fixation on the market, the perceived worth of art, the art material and arts financing and capital. Under what conditions does art and culture flourish? Does art always find its way to its audience, or is it at all times dependent on corporate patronage?
During her 30-year career, Katrín Sigurðardóttir has exhibited sculptures, drawings, photographic art and large-scale installations that attempt to affect and transform the subjective experiences of the viewer. Katrín’s work has been exhibited widely, both in Iceland and abroad. She represented Iceland at the Venice Biennale, the São Paulo Biennale in Brazil, Momentum in Norway, and the Rabat Biennale in Morocco.
Her 2010 solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York attracted widespread attention. The National Gallery of Iceland and the Reykjavík Art Museum own works by Katrín, as do as international museums such as the aforementioned Metropolitan Museum in New York.
She represented Iceland at the Venice Biennale, the São Paulo Biennale in Brazil, Momentum in Norway, and the Rabat Biennale in Morocco. Her 2010 solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York attracted widespread attention.
openspace.sfmoma.org and in Places Journal.
Katrín’s exhibition will be in Nýp Project Space from May 22 into fall 2021. Welcome to visit the exhibition by appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org
Þýð. Steingrímur Teague