Hulda Rós Gudnadóttir


Hulda Ros Gudnadottir  ZiZi

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ZiZi series is a collaboration project with artist Joseph Marzolla. With ZiZi we want to explore how handicraft, design and art can work together and how the contemporary and the traditional can meet. We are expanding the boundaries until they explode, re-appropriating and disturbing the routine, and being surprised by the outcome.
We choose very sober patterns of body parts and also words in English, German and Greenlandic that describe feelings that one usually keeps out of view. Thus we are playing with the reindeer antler origins as a body part that dislocated itself from the body and posing questions on body boundaries, including the mental emotional functions.

For the first ZiZi object we commissioned a local carver in Nuuk, Greenland, that usually carves traditional and tourist friendly patterns out of reindeer antlers, to carve our own designs out of the same material.

I look at the world with art as my point of view. I’m a curious person.
For me the world is a community of people: their situations, their environment,
their movements in space and time and I look at how these things relate and, most importantly, communicate.

It is from these sources of inspiration that ideas are born, inspiring both the creation of
objects, performances and human connections. What do we do as human beings?

How are we all so different and yet the same?

I’m driven by ideas. Some might say I’m obsessed by them, others say that that I have
a talent for leading projects from beginning to end. These projects are most often
based on ideas originated by me, the artist, but they would never become anything if it
weren’t for all the people I meet and collaborate with along the way. I enjoy
collaborating with other artists and professionals from different fields, from both
inside and outside of academia and the professional creative sphere; from the art and film worlds.

Sometimes this process is labelled a collaboration, sometimes it’s called a commission, and at other times I take on different roles. I don’t care so much about categories.

It is just is about how things are and how they happen.

I am one of those people who is constantly observing yet totally absent minded. I see
things from my own perspective, which is not always aligned with what others see.
This is my strength. My passion for ideas sometimes leads me to uncover the invisible
or the ignored.

I share these experiences with others by telling stories.

Hulda Ros Gudnadottir is a contemporary visual artist and a filmmaker born in Reykjavík, Iceland but based in Berlin, Germany. She works mostly on long-term projects; creative documentaries, large mixed-media installations and interdisciplinary collaborative projects in addition to smaller works such as single-channel videos, performance, intervention, sculptures and digital photography. The subject of her works touch upon socio-economic issues from a personal perspective and come to live through a practice and public exhibition based process that she likes to define as research.

Gudnadóttir holds an MA degree in interactive design from Middlesex University (2001) and BA in visual art from Iceland Academy of the Arts (2007) and BA in cultural anthropology from the Unversity of Iceland (1997). She has taken part in numerous solo-/group exhibitions and screenings internationally and won many awards for her filmmaking, including Academy Awards (‘Edda’) for best documentary in her native country Iceland.
source: icelandictimes
Hulda Rós Guðnadóttir was born in Reykjavik, but has lived around the world and is currently based in Berlin. After many years of traveling she studied Social Anthropology at the University of Iceland and graduated with a BA degree in 1997. She also gained an MA degree in Interactive Design before earning a BA in Visual Art at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. In 2008 she won the Icelandic Academy Prize Edda for the best documentary for the film Kjötborg, three years later, she had a solo exhibition at the Reykjavik Art Museum. Guðnadóttir has had solo exhibitions in Berlin, Barcelona and New York City, among other places, and has participated in numerous international group exhibitions and screenings. She works mainly with film and interdisciplinary media, with an emphasis on installation, sculpture, performance and intervention in works that touch on social and economic issues from a personal perspective.
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Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, Gudnadottir grew up in Iceland but has lived in various countries including Denmark, USA, Slovakia, the UK and now Berlin, Germany since 2009. After many years of travelling she studied cultural anthropology and graduated with a B.A. in 1997 and later with a M.A. in interactive design before she received her degree in fine art.

Her most recent solo exhibitions are ‘Keep Frozen part three’ at Kunstkraftwerk, Leipzig and ‘Keep Frozen part four’ at ASI art Museum, Reykjavik, both in January/February this year. The exhibitions are the latest part in a series of works that belong to her art-practice-as-research project ‘Keep Frozen’. The former exhibition included a 48-hour performance by Reykjavik dockworkers that was filmed, and the footage transformed into a massive 3-channel synchronised video installation projected on portrait format 7 meters high screens. The latter exhibition in Reykjavik was a mixed-media installation, also with dock worker participation. Both exhibitions, together with accompanying international symposium on art-practice-as-research, formed the Keep Frozen Projects, an artist initiated platform for artists to show art-practice-as-research. The project was funded by the Nordic Culture Fund and Nordic Culture Point and documentation videos and images together with texts on the exhibitions and symposium concept and team, can be viewed here: www.keepfrozenprojects.org

Her recently published book in which she is the editor ‘Keep Frozen. Art-practice-as-research. The Artist´s view’, is available at Proqm, Berlin. The book contains 196 research and installation images and articles written by artist duo Bryndís Snaebjornsdottir/Mark Wilson and curator Jonatan Habib Engqvist; an interview with the artists by philosopher Valur Antonsson; a collaborative research story by Berit Schuck and Hulda Ros Gudnadottir and a report on the results of audience research by Sigridur Melros Olafsdottir.

Upcoming is the premiere of ‘Keep Frozen’, a feature length poetic documentary at a A-level film festival this spring.

In the past she won the Icelandic academy award for best documentary and many other film awards. Gudnadottir has received an Artist Stipendium award from the Icelandic Ministry of Culture several times. She has screened and exhibited in about 70 solo or group events in all continents. In 2010 she debuted in Berlin with the solo exhibition Hops Hopsi, a 10-channel-video-installation at Program that was run by Carson Chan and Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga. Later the exhibition travelled to the Reykjavik Art Museum as a solo.

Gudnadottir applies art practice as a research tool in long-term projects where she works in many mediums such as feature length films, mixed-media installations, video loops, sculptures, found objects, digital photography, performance and intervention. In her work Gudnadottir examines political, social and economic issues from a personal perspective, often guided by her own experiences.