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ice ice baby


28 November - 11 December 2014
Alserbachstraße 30 (5th floor), 1090 Vienna

The idea behind this exhibition format with a specific country focus is not only to present international contemporary artists, but also the artistic environment they work and live in. The kick-off will be ice ice baby showing Icelandic artists in Vienna, Austria. The exhibition will be accompanied by an extensive public programme during the opening week.

Following artists are invited to participate and will be producing a new body of work for this specific exhibition: Bjarki Bragason, Leifur Ýmir Eyjólfsson, Sigurður Guðjónsson, Anna Fríða Jónsdóttir, Katrín Inga Jónsdóttir Hjördísardóttir Hirt & The Icelandic Love Corporation (Sigrún Hrólfsdóttir, Jóní Jónsdóttir & Eirún Sigurðardóttir).

Anna Fríða Jónsdóttir, Sonata di Camera, 2014

The aim of this trip was to get a personal impression of the local art scene as well as of the country, which from a Western perspective is often associated with a touch of the unknown, of the other, the sublime.  In a certain extent it might has to do with the legendary and largely unspoiled nature as well as geological and geographical situation of the country.  "romantic“ feelings that move between admiration and awe are generated and are partly involved in the prevailing clichés  surrounding Icelandic Art as well as attributes of the fairytale, romantic and the other.

With the exhibitions ice ice baby we would like to open a critical discussion around young Icelandic Contemporary Art, evaluate its ways of representation as well as its tendencies on international level and discuss the question of its self- und external positioning in the international art context. By presenting various artistic positions with different artistic approaches, the following questions will be addressed within the exhibition context:

Is there a characteristic Icelandic Contemporary Art? What kind of local, global, historical, political, economic and ecological factors determine a possible collective consciousness, which in turn affects the production of art? How do Icelandic artists, curators and theorists, perceive the local artistic production, what are the major discourses and how does it differ from an outsider perspective?

Given that the actual production of art can hardly be viewed without its environment, the exhibition will be accompanied by a public programme focusing on this topic in the first week of the show. We are planning to bring together important players from the Austrian and the Icelandic Contemporary Art scene representing various art and cultural institutions (such as galleries, museums, art associations & artist-run spaces). The public program will include panel discussions, workshops and performances and aims to encourage the exchange as well as the discussion about certain types of each country’s contemporary art scene. 

Katrín Inga Jónsdóttir Hjördísardóttir, Me and my art friends, 2014

By establishing cooperations at home and abroad, we try to offer young artists the opportunity for a residence abroad. For the upcoming exhibition we organized in cooperation with the Federal Chancellery/ Bilateral and Multilateral Cultural Foreign Affairs a three-month stay in Vienna (October-December 2014) for Bjarki Bragason. Through a cooperation with studio das weisse haus we also facilitated a residence for Leifur Ýmir Eyjólfsson in Vienna (October-November 2014).

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