Artist: Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir
Exhibition title: Presenting Papers
Venue: ANNAELLEGALLERY, Stockholm, Sweden
Date: March 7 – April 1, 2015
Photography: Images courtesy of the artist and ANNAELLEGALLERY
ANNAELLEGALLERY is pleased to present the Icelandic artist Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir’s first solo show in Sweden. The exhibition, Presenting Papers, contains a series of sculptural objects as well as works on paper.
Intrigued by seemingly mundane and perhaps redundant things, Birgisdóttir creates art where simple, small details amass great importance. Finding inspiration from objects she has discovered and experienced, Birgisdóttir transforms collected paper-items such as hang tags, labels, notebooks, paperboards and stickers, to precisely formed artworks. Maintaining the intrinsic properties of each object, all parts whether it is the size, the form, the character, the color or the condition, are equally important. By presenting each item on specially designed stands, Birgisdóttir playfully recontextualizing their forms in order to create a humble, poetic dialogue within the exhibition space.
Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir (born 1980 in Reykjavík, Iceland) graduated from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2003. Being part of Ragnar Kjartansson and friends, she recently participated in the project at TBA21 in Vienna as well as in the project at PS1, New York. Previously, Birgisdóttir has shown her works at the Art Museum of Reykjvaík, i8 Gallery, Kling and Bang, Hverfisgallerí, among others. She has been granted Artist Endowment from the Icelandic Ministry for Arts and Culture and the Benediktson fellowship grant for special residents at the Banff center Canada. Birgisdóttir has been a board member of the Living Art Museum in Reykjavik and served as the director of Skaftfell Cultural Center.