Libia Castro / Ólafur Ólafsson, ....ITNARAGON..., 2003
Textintervention Platform Garanti CAC, Istanbul
"(Lat. textum: tissue, assemblage) decribes a definite, cohesive expression in written language by extension also the non-written, but possibly writable language information
Iceland is a nation of literature. It´s reputation as a Nation of literature has been internationally established ever since Reykjavik has beeing named "City of Literature" from the UNESCO this summer. Based on the heritage of medieval literature consiting of the Sagas, the Edda or the Icelander Book this tradition reaches on into present days. The most published books per citizen proove the importance of the written word for Iceland and it´s culture. This peaks in Iceland beeing the guest of honour at this years Frankfurt Book Fair. The preservation, prevalence and impartation of literature became the great passion of the Icelanders. The logical chain leads to texts and references to literature beeing used in the works of icelandic artists. But also we discover these references in works of artists who are united by their affinity for icelandic culture.
The show TEXT curated by Hlynur Hallsson holds 19 icelandic and international artists who seek involvement with texts in their works. "Text" as vehicle gets displayed in various ways. Sometimes with astonishing honesty, sometimes naive and playful, sometimes in a poetic way, sometimes from a documentary point of view, sometimes even concealed or right in your face. For instance the references to literature to be found in the work by Roni Horn and Kristján Guđmundsson are directly tied to the theme but there are also works in the show which have a more conceptual to concrete orientation. What unites the works of the show is the utilization of texts as golden thread.
Artists: Birgir Andrésson (1955-2007), Dieter Roth (1930-1998), Guđný Rósa Ingimarsdóttir (*1969), Haraldur Jónsson (*1961), Hlynur Hallsson (*1968), Hreinn Friđfinnsson (*1943), Jóna Hlíf Halldórsdóttir (*1978), Jón Laxdal Halldórsson (*1950), Karin Sander (*1957), Karlotta Blöndal (*1973), Knut Eckstein (*1968), Kristján Guđmundsson (*1941), Lawrence Weiner (*1942), Libia Castro / Ólafur Ólafsson (*1970 / *1973), Margrét H. Blöndal (*1970), Roni Horn (*1955), Sigurđur Guđmundsson (*1942) und Unnar Örn Auđarson (*1974)
The exhibition "Text" is to be shown in a various form at National Gallery of Iceland in January 2012. With the friendly assistance of i8 Gallery, The Living Art Museum and the National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik.