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BLINDSPOT | Exhibition

Laugardagur 13. mars 2021 - Sunnudagur 11. apríl 2021

The group exhibition Blindspot opens on March 13th in conjunction with the European Action Week Against Racism.  Blindspot curated by Daría Sól Andrews (IS), is a exhibition series in which the artists´work will be experienced at various library locations. It presents film, photography, and installation work by Salad Hilowle (SE), Nayab Ikram (FI), Hugo Llanes (IS) and Claire Paugam (IS).

"The works in this exhibition explore a personal angle on racism and exclusion within a European and Scandinavian context. The artists in this exhibition offer a unique perspective on their lived experiences as well as a place of confrontation, a potential to shift our viewpoints. Microaggressions, cultural exclusion, gender inequality, and systemic racism are conversations that are uncomfortable, avoided, overlooked; we place these confronting realities in a personal blindspot. And yet, the simple fact is that systemic racism and gender biases are all too present in our institutions, in our everyday relations, and in our implicit, unconscious gestures. This exhibition and the European Action Week Against Racism is therefore an opportunity for us as a community to come together and acknowledge the spaces in which we need to represent and protect our minority groups. How can our institutions begin to combat their built in privileges and racisms and take actual steps towards accountability? Anti-racist policies and active acknowledgement of impicit biases within gender and race are the first necessary step. " Daría Sól Andrews

Salad Hilowle is a filmmaker and artist whose practice revolves around identity, memories and place. Hilowle has roots in Somalia and Gävle, resides in Stockholm. Nayab Ikram is a photographer and visual artist from the Aland Islands in Finland, who currently works and lives in Turku. Her project, In Between, examines the feeling of in-betweenship, looking at the symbolic meaning of hair from a historical perspective. Hugo Llanes´ practice investigates political-social fissures and the aesthetics that erupt from them. His works involve extended painting, site-specific performance and installation. By inquiring about social conditions like migration, exploitation, and decolonized processes of identity and their particularities, he articulates projects of a participatory nature and others of a more contemplative character. Claire Paugam is a multidisciplinary French artist based in Reykjavík, Iceland who also works in teaching, stage design and curatorial projects. Daría Sól Andrews is an independent curator and arts writer based in Reykjavík, Iceland.


Salad Hilowle's films will be screened during the exhibition opening in the Reykjavik City Library Grófin, at a screening event after the artist talk by Claire Paugam and Hugo Llanes in the Reykjavik City Library in Spöngin and also during a special screening event in the Reykjavik City Library Gerðuberg.

Nayab Ikram's photography and video work will be exhibited in the Reykjavik City Library in Grófin and there will be a special screening event of her video work in the Reykjavik City Library in Gerðuberg.

Hugo Llanes's work will be exhibited in the Reykjavik City Library in Grófin from 13.03-27.03 and then in the Reykjavik City Library in Spöngin from 27.03-11.04.

Claire Paugam's work will be exhibited in the Reykjavik City Library in Spöngin during the month long exhibition.



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General information about Covid-19 restrictions at the library.

For more information:

Martyna Karolina Daniel, intercultural specialist at the Reykjavik City Library

Daría Sól Andrews, exhibition curator