All the World's a Stage
According to the New York Times, Ragnar Kjartansson is: ‘One of the most celebrated performance artists anywhere’, and from 14th July to 4th September 2016, his long awaited solo exhibition will be held in the Art Gallery at London’s Barbican.
Kjartansson was born into a family of actors, spending his formative years backstage at the Reykjavik City Theatre, and his multidisciplinary work examines stage traditions through the prism of experiments in repetition and endurance. His work is often playful, yet always emotionally charged, with clichés and motifs of Western culture, romantic melancholy and even his own conception providing his subject matter.
Kjartansson is considered to be at the cutting edge of contemporary performance art, and the exhibition centres on an immersive and moving multi-channel video installation called The Visitors (2012) and a live performance - Take Me Here by the Dishwasher: Memorial for a Marriage (2011) –which is full of romance and humour, and features ten troubadours singing for up to eight hours a day, every day, for the duration of the exhibition!
For more information on Ragnar Kjartansson retrospective, visit here...
Ragnar Kjartansson blue background image: Alex de Brabant
Ragnar Kjartansson denim jacket image: DV Ltd. / Sigtryggur Ari
Ragnar Kjartansson, God, 2007 image: Rafael Pinho
Ragnar Kjartansson, The Visitors, 2012 image: ©Elisabet Davids