Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir

Born in 1976 - Iceland

BIOGRAPHY

Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir was born in 1976. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts, New York in 2000 with a BFA with honors in Fine Arts; she received her MA in New Genres from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2004. Transformation, disguise and play are essential elements of her work, as are references to ceremony and rituals.

In her performances, Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir has employed a theme of destruction, crushing glitter balls under high heels and smashing dishes while reciting texts and dressing up in various costumes. Ornate and spectacular motifs—such as fireworks, Christmas decorations and other frills—are distinctive features in Ásdís’s work.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2015
Misty Rain, HVERFISGALLERÍ, Reykjavík, Iceland

2010
Berlinale, Forum Expanded, Solo show, Hau 1
Tate Gallery, No soul for sale, video show

2008
Kling and Bang gallery solo show “Burning Orange fire”, Reykjavík, Iceland
Luhring Augustine “It´s not your fault”, New York, USA
Truck gallery “Sundogs” Calgary, Canada


GROUP

2014
“Surrounded by the Purest Blue” Hors Pistes, Pompidou, Paris, France
“Surrounded by the Purest Blue” Mengi, Reykjavík, Iceland
“The five lo fi” in collaboration with E.S.P TV, Reykjavík Art Festival / Kling&Bang, Reykjavík, Iceland
700.is, Nordic house and Listasafn Íslands, Reykjavík, Iceland
Vinnslan, Tjarnarbíó, Reykjavík, Iceland

2013
Hors Pistes, Reykjavík Film festival, Slipp bíó, Reykjavík, Iceland
“The blue mountain” Ephemeropteræ at TBA 21, Vienna, Austria
“Enter the Enlightenment, become Real” Outstallation at Skaftfell Art Center, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland

2012
“Performed poetry, a few tones and the color blue”, Charlottenburg,
Copenhagen
“For your eyes only” Demented Diamond, Listasafni Reykjavikur, Reykjavík, Iceland

2011
Momentum, Imagine being here now, The 6th Momentum Biennial, Moss, Norway
“The Soiree Retreat”, Banff art center, Canada.
Sequences, Súlnasalur, Reykjavík, Iceland

2010
Watermill Residency

2009
“Reverse Pedagogy” Model Satellite, Sligo, Ireland
Roma film festival, Cinema Aqua, “For your eyes only”, Rome, Italy
Reykjavík Art Festival “Brennið þið Vitar” Streaming Beacons, Kópasker, Iceland
Núna Now Festival, Winnipeg, Canada

2008
Bozar Art festival, Brussels, Belgium
Frieze art fair “Sirkus”, London, England

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