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Ragnar Kjartansson at the Barbican

Ragnar Kjartansson at the Barbican Scandinavian Pain , 2006, print. Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York and i8 Gallery, Reykjavík.

Internationally renowned Icelandic artist, Ragnar Kjartansson makes a long overdue visit to the UK to show his collection of live performance, music, film, painting, sculpture and drawing.

Kjartansson is at the cutting edge of contemporary performance art. He draws his inspiration from a varied history of stage traditions, film, music and literature from Icelandic storytelling to opera music to contemporary pop culture, which all adds to the kaleidoscope of work . His performances, video installations, drawings and paintings explore the boundary between fact and fiction, as well as constructs of myth and identity.

Clichés and motifs of Western culture, romantic melancholy and even his own conception, provide subject matter for the artist’s work. His exhibition centres around the immersive and moving multi-channel video installation The Visitors (2012) and Take Me Here by the Dishwasher: Memorial for a Marriage (2011) a live performance full of romance and humour featuring ten troubadours singing for up to eight hours a day, every day for the duration.

14 July 2016 – 4 September 2016

The Barbican

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