Overview

b. 1980 in Reykjavik

Lives and works in Reykjavik

 

Elín Hansdóttir works across several disciplines including installation, sculpture and photography. She often creates in situ immersive installations that cast light on one's perception moving through unfamiliar and seemingly displaced spaces, providing a reference system for self-reflexivity. This reconfiguration of space oftentimes sways between the physical and psychological effects of uncertainty, loss of orientation, sensorial limitation or visual illusion. Her work explores the experiential (perceived and subliminal) content of spatial emptiness and gravitates towards a conception of many worlds within a world.

 

She has created and installed work in a number of international venues including KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Hamburger Bahnhof, ZKM Karlsruhe, Frieze Projects, The Marrakech Biennale, the National Gallery of Iceland and the Reykjavík Art Museum.

Works
Exhibitions
Public Exhibitions
Biography

EDUCATION 

 

2003 - 2006

KHB Berlin-Weissensee; Magister.

 

1999 - 2003

Iceland Academy of the Arts; BA.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2022

Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (forthcoming)

Ad Infinitum, Gerðarsafn - Kópavogur Art Museum, Kópavogur, Iceland

 

2019

ElsewhereÁsmundarsalurReykjavik, Iceland 

 

2016

Simulacra, i8 Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland

Disruption, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland

Cast, Lichtparcours, Braunschweig, Germany

 

2015

Suspension of Disbelief, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

 

2012

Mud Brick Spiral, Marrakech Biennale, Marrakech, Morocco

 

2010

Trace, i8 Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland

Reciprocal, Biennale für Internationale Lichtkunst, Hamm, Germany

 

2009

Universolo, Unosolo project space, Rome, Italy

Parallax, Reykjavík Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland

 

2008

Two Point Five, Program / Space for Art & Architecture, Berlin, Germany

Path, Maribel Lopez Gallery, Berlin, Germany

 

2007

Peripheral, Frieze Projects, London, UK

 

2006

Book Space, public libraries in Europe (ongoing project)

Here Elsewhere, Rec Gallery (project space Esther Schipper), Berlin, Germany

 

2005

Untitled, Material Time / Work Time / Life Time, Reykjavík Arts Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland

 

2004

YOU, Listasafn Árnesinga - The LÁ Art Museum, Hveragerði, Iceland

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2021

Iðavöllur: Icelandic Art in the 21st Century,  Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland

Góðir Gestir - group show with Icelandic artists, Cecilia Hillström Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

 

2020

Glass and Concrete, Marta Herford , Herford, Germany

Latent Shadow II, Harbinger Project Space, Reykjavík, Iceland

 

2019

Skartvagninn, Open, Reykjavík, Iceland

 

2018

Earth Homing: Reinventing Turf HousesGróttaSeltjarnanes, Iceland 

Fáni fyrir nýja þjóð, Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre, Reykjavik, Iceland

Embody, Gerðarsafn - Kopavogur Art Museum, Kópavogur, Iceland

 

2017
Sequences Art Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland
Cycle Music and Art Festival, Gerðasafn Kópavogur Art Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland
OPNUN, Kling & Bang, Reykjavik, Iceland

 

2016

Primal Shelter, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland

Disruption (with Ásmundur Sveinsson), Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland

Cast, Lichtparcours, Braunschweig, Germany

 

2015

Homecomings: Projective Space, Berlin, Germany

 

2014

Festival of Future Nows, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany

Beyond Reach, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

Give us the future,Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), Berlin, Germany

 

2013

Indications, Hafnarborg -  Centre of Culture and Fine Art, Hafnarfjörður, Iceland

Relaunch, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

 

2012

Higher Atlas, Marrakech Biennale, Marrakech, Morocco

Artefact Festival, STUK arts center, Leuven, Belgium

 

2011

Endemis (O)Syn, Gerðarsafn - Kopavogur Art Museum, Kópavogur, Iceland

Long are the days, short are the nights, Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

 

2010

Reciprocal, Biennale fuer Internationale Lichtkunst, Hamm, Germany

They go round and round, 0047, Olso, Norway

We pictured you reading this, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC, USA

Voice between Lines, Centre d’Art La Panera, Lleida, Spain

 

2009   

Rethink The Implicit, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

Space Revised, Künstlerhaus Bremen, Bremen, Germany

Left On Your Own Devices, Bòlit Centre d'Art Contemporani Girona, Girona, Spain

 

2008   

Pleinairism, i8 Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland

Art Against Architecture, National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland

 

2007

Berlin Noir, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Frieze Projects, Frieze Art Fair, London, UK

Consequences and Proposals, Biennale of Young Artists, Tallin, Estonia

Between Two Deaths, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany

Several Dozen Seconds Of Badly Developed Film, Raster Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

Exhibition's Ruins/Emotional Landscapes, Safn, Reykjavik, Iceland

 

2005   

New Icelandic Art II, National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland

Praying For Silence, Ludwigsburger Kunstverein, Ludwigsburg, Germany

 

2004   

Berlin North, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Berlin, Germany

 

PUBLIC MUSEUMS AND COLLECTIONS

 

2016

Interference 1-10  (10 acrylic paintings), Reykjavík Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland

 

2009

Parallax  (installation), Reykjavík Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland

 

2008

Path (installation), National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland

 

PUBLIC COMMISIONS

2019

Mural in suburb of Breiðholt, commissioned by the City of Reykjavik, Iceland

 

2017

Mural for Réttarholtsskóli - Secondary School, commissioned by the City of Reykjavik, Iceland

 

2016

Interference, terrazzo floor for new building of the South Iceland College, Selfoss, Iceland

 

OTHER PROJECTS

 

2022

Der Sturm, Burgtheater, Scenography

 

2021

Vertu Úlfur, National Theatre of Iceland, Scenography

 

2019

Dive - Rituals in Water, Full lenght documentary

Four Leaf Clover, Design of The President of Iceland´s Export Award

 

2018

Globe of Goodwill, Design of annual glass baulbe for The Benefit Society for Children with Disabilities

 

2011

Priest's Black Dog, National Theater of Iceland, Set design

 

2010

On Misunderstanding, Tanzplan Hamburg, Set design & costumes

 

2009

Komplex, Artist residency founded for the Alfred Toepfer Foundation, Germany 

 

PRIZES, GRANTS AND RESIDENCIES

 

2021

Artist in residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien for the year 2021-2022

 

2020

Artist salary (9 months) granted by the Government of Iceland

 

2019

Artist salary (3 months) granted by the Government of Iceland

 

2018

Artist salary (6 months) granted by the Government of Iceland

 

2017

Culture Prize (Bjartsýnisverðlaunin) (est.1981), patron, the former President of Iceland Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, awarded by the current President of Iceland Guðni Th. Jóhannesson

Artist salary (6 months) granted by the Government of Iceland

 

2016

Icelandic Art Fund, production grant for solo exhibition at Asmundarsafn, Reykjavík Art Museum, Iceland.

Muggur Travel Grant, for lecture at CalArts, Los Angeles

 

2015

Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg : Production Grant for Experimental Film, for SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF exhibited at KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin

Icelandic Art Fund, production grant for SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF, 2015 exhibited at KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin

Artist salary (6 months) granted by the Government of Iceland

 

2013

Berliner Senat Arbeitsstipendium (12 months), Germany

 

2012

Artist in residence at DAR AL-MAMUN (6 months), Marrakech, Morocco

 

2011

Icelandic Art Center: Publication grant for JOURNEY TO THE CENTER, published and distributed by Crymogea

 

2010

Institut für Raumexperimente artist grant (6 months), Berlin

 

2009

Artist in residence at HEADLANDS Center for the Arts (2 months), San Francisco

Artist salary (24 months)granted by the Government of Iceland

 

2008

Artist in residence at NORDIC ARTIST CENTER (3 months), Dale, Norway

Artist salary (12 months), granted by the Government of Iceland

Penninn Art Grant, Iceland

 

2007

Artist salary (6 months), granted by the Government of Iceland

Margret Bjorgulfsdottir Memorial Grant, for project BOOK SPACE (National Library of Iceland)

 

2005

Henrik Steffens Prize - Study Scholarship, Alfred Toepfer Stiftung, Germany

DAAD Study Scholarship

 

2004

Gudmunda Andresdottir Foundation - Study Scholarship, National Gallery of Iceland

Bibliography

2021

Long Place, Elín Hansdóttir, published by Distanz

 

2019

CATALOG (group show): Homecomings, published by Archive Books.

 

2016

CATALOG (group show): Lichtparcours Braunschweig, published by Dezernat

für Kultur und Wissenschaft Braunschweig.

 

2014

CATALOG (group show): Give Us The Future, published by n.b.k Berlin.

 

2012

CATALOG (group show): Higher Atlas, published by Sternberg Press, Germany.

BOOK: Path / Journey to the Center; Elín Hansdóttir & Rebecca Solnit; published by Crymogea, Iceland.

 

 

2011

CATALOG (group show): And the Seasons, They Go Round and Round, published by 0047.

 

 

2010

CATALOG (group show): Open Light in Private Space, published by Revolver.

 

2009

CATALOG (group show): Rethink: Contemporary Art & Climate Change, published by the Alexandra Institute. p. 20 & p. 108

CATALOG (group show): Space Revised #1-4, published by GAK, Künstlerhaus Bremen, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof. p.85-86 BOOK: Icelandic Art Today, published by Hatje Cantz.

 

2008

ARTICLE: Elín Hansdóttir, by Eva Heisler. in ART PAPERS nov/dec issue. ARTICLE: Realitätsvorschlag, by Anne Kockelkorn, in Bauwelt 16, p.2-3

 

2007

PROJECT: CMYK, Cabinet Magazine, Issue 27, p.34
CATALOG (group show): Between Two Deaths, published by Hatje Cantz.

 

2006

ARTICLE: Lost in Place, by Julie Brener, in ARTnews, #10 (november issue)

 

2005

BOOK: EIDAR SESSIONS, Hans Ulrich Obrist. Published by Eidastoll, p.56-60. CATALOG: Material Time / Work Time / Life Time, ed. Jessica Morgan & Björn Roth, published by Eidastoll & Revolver. p.50-53

 

2004

CATALOG: You, published by Elin Hansdottir & The Arnesinga Art Museum. CATALOG (group show): Berlin North, ed. Gabriele Knapstein, published by Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin.

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