Screening: THE MAN

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Ragnar Kjartansson’s interest in music often leads him to focus on the persona of the performer. The Man presents a portrait of American blues musician Pinetop Perkins playing an upright piano improbably situated in a field just outside of Austin, Texas. Born in 1919 in Belzoni, Mississippi, Perkins began playing guitar and piano during the rise of the Delta Blues.

Kjartansson’s portrait takes its place in a century-long history of reverence for and exploitation of black musicians. For this work, Kjartansson was interested in the reconciliation of Perkins’s on-stage persona with his private self. Frail and often disoriented, Perkins repeats songs and statements creating an unmediated loop, fashioning a dual portrait of an elderly man toward the end of his life, and a historically important musician, who is the keeper of a disappearing tradition.

Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York and i8 gallery, Reykjavík.

The Man will be screened at Bíó Paradís on November 4th @ 16:30

RAGNAR KJARTANSSON

We are extremely happy and proud to announce the final speaker for YAIC 2014!!!

Ragnar kjartansson

The undisputed master of artistic synergy, artist Ragnar Kjartansson. In his performative practice he draws on the entire arc of art. The history of film, music, theatre, visual culture and literature find their way into his video installations, durational performances, drawing and painting. Pretending and staging become key tools in the artist’s attempt to convey sincere emotion and offer a genuine experience to the audience.

Ragnar Kjartansson’s work has been exhibited widely. Recent solo exhibitions and performances have been held at the New Museum, ICA Boston, Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Carnegie Museum of Art and MoMA PS1. In 2009, Kjartansson represented Iceland at the Venice Biennale and in 2013 his work was featured at the Biennale’s main exhibition. In 2011, he was the recipient of Performa’s 2011 Malcolm McLaren Award for his performance ‘Bliss’.

Current exhibitions on show by Ragnar Kjartansson include: “Bjarni Bömmer hlustar á Take it Easy með Eagles” at Skúrinn, Reykjavík (performance November 1-2), “A Lot of Sorrow” at Luhring Augustine, New York, “The Visitors” at Artes Mundi, Cardiff and “S.S. Hangover” at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

At YAIC Ragnar will talk about synergy, collaborations and the artistic process behind the making of a work of art. The title of his talk is “Love, respect and collaboration”.

Ragnar Kjartansson presents “Love , respect and collaboration” at Bio Paradis at 11.25am Nov. 4