The eye is an unreliable source. Our perception is shaped by language and the structures that frame our realities; social, economic, political, temporal, spatial, material. But these structures and their monuments are just as unstable as our perspective on them. Gestsdóttir's objects and movements ask to be released from History and its obsession with uniformity and absolute truths. Their desire is to be free from the mythological, the traditional and the triumphant.

Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir is an artist heavily influenced by her background in visual anthropology, a subject that deals critically with the staging of culture and identity, and the production of objects and images, their representation and re-representation. In her work she critically explores power structures and the human desire for uniformity and absolute truths, and their inherent failure by revealing the poetic, broken and absurd aspects of those systems and truths. Her installations, films, objects and images dance on the line between fact and fiction in their dealing with the impossibility of translations - be it across languages, cultures, times or places. 


Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir
Dates of residency: November – December 2016
Born: 1975
Hometown: Reykjavík, Iceland
Lives and works: Reykjavík, Iceland
URL:  http://ragnheidurgestsdottir.net
MFA Fine Arts, Bard College, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, New York (2010-2012), MFA Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, New York (2009-2010, one year completed), MA Visual Anthropology, Goldsmiths College, University of London (200-2001), BA Anthropology, University of Iceland, Reykjavík (1996-1999)
Selected Shows:
2017 The In, With and Between Us, Gerðarsafn Museum, Reykjavík
2016 KINGDOM - Flora, Fauna, Fable, Reykjavík Art Museum
2016 The Future We Remember , Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem
2015 Speak Nearby , Soloway Gallery, Brooklyn, New York