Archive for May, 2016

“Expansions of Homecraft” at Konsthall C

May 26 2016 Published by under Uncategorized

The Living Art Museum is happy to collaborate with Konsthall C in Farsta, Sweden, in bringing works by Hildur Hákonardóttir together for the exhibition Expansions in Homecraft opening 28 May, 6pm.


Expansions of Homecraft is a group exhibition with work by Hildur Hákonardóttir, Toncirkeln (Shida Shahabi and Anna Sóley Tryggvadóttir) and Kristina Schultz with Johan Lindberg and Liss Schultz.

Expansions of Homecraft, the seventh exhibition within the programme Home Works – investigating the politics of domestic work and the home. The exhibition departs from an investigation into the radical forms of creativity generated in the home that challenge hegemonic values of patriarchy, and production, and expand a notion of what homecraft can be. Through the works within this exhibition, homecraft moves from traditional forms, like weaving and sewing, to the craft within the social work of the home – immaterial productions like caring, cleaning and conversing.

The exhibition includes works from the collections of the Living Art Museum, LÁ Art Museum, The Reykjavík Art Museum and The National Gallery of Iceland and has received support from Kulturrådet, Kulturkontakt Nord, NFH Nämnden för hemslöjdsfrågor. Toncirkeln is supported by Musikplattformen och Statens Musikverk Public programme made in collaboration with ABF.


The exhibition schedule also includes the symposium The Home within Homecraft and will take place on Saturday 11 June between 11-6pm. The symposium will take place in English and is free but booking essential. To book a place please email

Through my experience at home […] I also discovered what I now call the ‘double character’ of reproductive work, as work that reproduces us and valorises us not only in view of our integration in the labour market but also against it.

Silvia Federici, Revolution at Point Zero (2012)

Homecraft and its connection to historic practices and folk traditions has often made it easy prey to be co-opted by right-wing and nationalist politics as an anchor point for ‘true’ examples of national identity. As a work performed in the home it is also intimately tied to forms of exploitation reliant on housework as undervalued and unpaid labour. While currently nationalist parties gain popularity across Europe we, as a democratic cultural organisation, wish to challenge their ideology as well as their subsumption of homecraft to be aligned with racist politics. The commissions here evident counter practices that pluralise and highlight the complexities around homecraft and feminised production in the home and show what Federici describes above as the double character of this work.

The day invites the participating artists Shida Shahabi, Anna Sóley Tryggvadóttir and Hildur Hákonardóttir, alongside theorist and activist Silvia Federici and art historian Temi Odumosu to share their practices and find ways we can collectivise our strategies for insisting on the radical potential of homecraft.

Silvia Federici is an Italian American scholar, teacher, and activist from the radical autonomist feminist Marxist tradition. She is a professor emerita and Teaching Fellow at Hofstra University, where she was a social science professor. She is co-founder of the International Feminist Collective which led to the development of The International Wages for Housework Campaign a global social movement co-founded in 1972. Silvia Federici is a key influence to Konsthall C’s Home Works programme and her writing, teaching and political work inspired our research into the Women’s Day Off demonstrations in Iceland.

Dr Temi Odumosu is an art historian, creative educator, and postdoctoral researcher for the Living Archives Research Project at Malmö University. Her international research and curatorial practice is concerned with the visual politics of slavery and colonialism, Africa in the archives, Afro-Diaspora aesthetics, and more broadly exploring how art mediates cultural transformation and healing. Her upcoming book Africans in English Caricature 1769-1819: Black Jokes, White Humour will be published by Brepols in the summer of 2016.

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Symposium in Riga, the Latvian Centre of Contemporary Art

May 24 2016 Published by under Uncategorized

The Living Art Museum participated in the Symposium Lost (and found) in the Archive hosted by the Latvian Center for Contemporary Art on the 23rd of march 2016. You can now listen to the symposium online.
The symposium is in English.


In connection with the contemporary art exhibition “Lost in the Archive” an international symposium “Lost (and Found) in the Archive” will take place on 23rd of March, 11 pm – 7 pm in the Riga Art Space. Seven lecturers will focus on the variety of mistakes, gaps and narratives that we can discover with the help of contemporary art archives.

The symposium is curated by Inga Lāce and Andra Silapētere (LCCA)

The director of the Living Art Museum in Reykjavik Thorgerdur Olafsdottir and the collection manager Becky Forsythe will discuss the strategies they had creating the archive of their museum. Video artist from Moscow Margarita Novikova will tell us about her video archive project “Putschyourself”. Artist Lia Perjovcshi, who has created the Contemporary Art Archive/Centre for Art Analysis in Romania, will speak about her experience in creating archives as well as about the usability of an archive. Polish researcher Jagna Lewandowska will tell about the Arton Foundation that focuses on Polish avant-garde art studies and creates its archive. Theoretician and writer Vesna Madzoski will speak about the archive of Manifesta, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, and the conclusions drawn during the research of the archive. Iranian artist Ehsan Fardjadniya and Canadian art critic Dorian Batycka will concentrate on archives and their relationship with power – in context with The Refugee Archives initiative in South Africa.


11:00 – 11:30 Introduction
11:30 – 12:00 Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir, Becky Forsythe ‘Archiving the Parallel’
12:00 – 12:30 Jagna Lewandowska ‘Arton Review Europe – the Archives of Polish Avant-Garde Now’
12:30 – 13:00 Lia Perjovschi ‘Looking for Sense, Hidden and Lost Ideas…’

13:30 – 15:30 Lunch break

15:45 – 16:30 Ehsan Fardjadniya, Dorian Batycka ‘Whose Archive?’
16:30 – 17:00 Margarita Novikova, Elena Michajlowska ‘Locating Art in Oral History’
17:00 – 17:30 Kaspars Vanags ‘Microhistory as Accidental Allure and Antimethod to Canon. Thinking About Collection of The Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art’
17:30 – 18:00 Vesna Madzoski ‘Lost and Found: Crimes in the Manifesta Archive’
18:00 – 19:00 Panel discussion (Lia Perjovschi, Vesna Madzoski, Ehsan Fardjadniya). Moderator – Igors Gubenko

The symposium has been supported by the EEZ financial instrument, Ministry of Culture of theRepublicofLatvia, State Culture Capital Foundation, Riga City Council, ABLV Charitable Foundation.

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Infinite Next – roundtable & artists talk

May 11 2016 Published by under Uncategorized

The Living Art Museum welcomes you to round table discussions and artists talk to coincide with the exhibition Infinite Next which opened 7th May.

The event starts at 8pm, Thursday 12th May in Völvufell 13-21, Breiðholt.

The artists Amy Howden-Chapman, Anna Líndal, Bjarki Bragason, Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir will lead the discussions and take visitors on a tour around the exhibition.

Infinite Next is a group exhibition of works by Anna Líndal, Amy Howden-Chapman, Bjarki Bragason, Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir & Mark Wilson, Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir and Pilvi Takala.

Works in the exhibition deal in different ways with systems which all societies struggle with; late-capitalism, ecosystems in degradation, human experiments to alter the environment, knowledge production, manifestations and the effects of humans on the environment.

Each artist will give a short talk about his or her work before continuing around the idea and development of the exhibition.

The discussions will take place in English.

The house will be open from 8 pm with light refreshment

The discussions will start at 8.30 pm, open for the public and no entry fee.

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