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Gabriela Fridriksdottir

In parallel to Louise Bourgeois’ work, which stems from childhood memories that transcend into preferred outcomes of past realities or events, Gabriela Fridriksdottir too recreates past recollections within her work. However, these are less an autobiographical fantasy than they are Icelandic myths and legends. Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1971, Fridrikdottir recounts the folklore sagas of her Icelandic culture. Ancient Norse Mythology and Icelandic tales are expressed via various platforms, serving as the narrators of these historical stories. Through these platforms Fridrikdottir simultaneously works with drawing, video, sculpture, performance painting and writing. These numerous approaches enable Fridrikdottir to metamorphose what might start as a simple sketch into short films, or brief writings into elaborate performances. Not unlike Chinese whispers, which relies on many narrators in order to pass the message from one person to another, and accumulates multiple subtle distortions that result in a significant change to the outcome of the original message, Fridrikdottir’s methodology also recounts fragments of messages, often utilising a piece of a story in a previous work and emphasising its importance in a new work. In doing this, Fridrikdottir ultimately alters Norse Mythology and the audience’s entry point and perception of these Icelandic Sagas.




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