The title of Shoplifter´s exhibition; Nervescape IX, partially stems from her contemplation on neurological pathways as an inner landscape, the relationship between our inner somatic bodyscape and the exterior surroundings that shape us. Her large-scale, embracing installations confuse our sense of the human physical scale, they become ‘Otherscapes’. We are reminded of our own primal instincts, the movement and undetected soundscape underneath our skin, the ever-changing dialogue between body and mind, the chromatic darkness and vibrations within.
The talk will as well focus on how Shoplifter´s hairy installations have a strong presence and ask to be stroked, reflecting our constant desire to return to nature. They also celebrate art’s obsessive attempts through the ages to imitate nature, by creating analog virtual reality, an exaggerated Hypernature.
Guðjónsdóttir will focus on Icelandic nature and its renowned music-scene as it is reflected in Shoplifter´s art and on how these elements have shaped her artistic vision and methodologies.
Birta Guðjónsdóttir (b. 1977) is a curator and artist living in Reykjavik. She was the curator of the Icelandic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2019; exhibition Chromo Sapiens of Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir / Shoplifter. In 2020 she was the Artistic Director of the art festival Art without Borders in Iceland.
Source: The North Atlantic House