Dagrún Aðalsteinsdóttir (b. 1989 in Iceland) is an artist and an independent curator based in Berlin. Her position as a curator comes from the desire to have a sense of agency as an artist, creating platforms and dialogues that feed back into her own art practice. Dagrún works in various mediums from performances, texts and videos to collage drawings. Her work is an attempt to use personal or fictional scenarious and narratives to be in dialogue with how personal value versus collective value can overlap within the context of a cultural production. The work explores the anti-spectacular and awkward positions of personhood- in order to study what happens in the psychosis when our ideas of ideological and economical value fail. 

Dagrún graduated in the year 2016 with M.A degree in Fine Art from LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore, a partner institute with Goldsmiths University in London. Dagrún works in collaboration with artists in Europe, Africa and Asia, organizing and curating projects in collaboration with contemporary art institutions as well as artist run spaces.

Recently curated projects: Object of desire group exhibition with 8 artists from Iceland and Singapore organized in collaboration with Institute of Contemporary Art in Singapore and Gerðarsafn Museum in Iceland (2019-2020), Professional Amateur 

group exhibition of 5 artists from Iceland organized in collaboration with two artist run spaces-Kling and Bang in Reykjavík, Iceland and ABC Klubhuis in Antwerp, Belgium (2018).

Exhibitions and Projects: The common Inn at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam curated by Simon Becks and Jules van den Langenberg (2019), Papiripar Festival-Performance with Rebecca Erin Moran in Hamburg (2018), Addis Video Art Festival-Guest Program curated by Erin Honeycutt in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2017),

Night Transmissions-Video Broadcasting at the national TV station RÚV in Iceland curated by Margot Norton-associate curator at The New Museum in New York (2016),

Session #1 duo exhibition with Mike HJ Chang inauguration at Peninsular in Singapore (2016), Icelandic biennale Sequences VII curated by Alfredo Cramerotti-creative director of Mostyn in Whales (2015).

contact@dagruna.com

CV

 

Education:

 

2016                Master of Arts Fine Art, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore/Goldsmiths, University of London.

2013                Bachelor of Arts Fine Art, Iceland Academy of the Arts.

Solo/Duo Exhibitions:

2017                Presentation for a new museum, project in collaboration with Ásta

                        Fanney S. part of the off venue program at Sequences VIII at Bismút

                        Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland.

2016                Session #1: Dagrún Aðalsteinsdóttir + Mike HJ Chang, Peninsular,

                        inauguration of sessions pairing two artists, writers or curators, Singapore.

2015                The alchemical body, Nothing Gallery, Xiamen China. 

2014                We are all lovers, Kaffistofan gallery, Reykjavik Iceland.

Curator:

2019-2020       Object of desire, posing as a curator, writer and an artist in this

                        group exhibition bringing together 8 artists from Iceland and

                        Singapore, in collaboration with two art institutions Institute of

                        Contemporary Art in Singapore and Gerðarsafn Museum in

                        Kópavogur, Iceland.

2018                Professional Amateur, posing as a curator, writer and an artist in this

                        group exhibition, Kling and Bang Gallery, Reykjavik Iceland and ABC

                        Klubhuis, Antwerp Belgium.

2017                Rolling Snowball/9, Assistant Curator and participating artist in this

                        group exhibition curated by Sigurður Guðmundsson and Þór

                        Vigfússon, CEAC in Djúpivogur Iceland.

Group Exhibitions:

2019                Object of desire, Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore.

2019                Redux, Untitled Space, Shanghai, China.

2019                The Common Inn, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

2019                Mörsugur, Outvert Art Space, Ísafjörður, Iceland.

2018                Le Grand Salon de Noel, Print and Friends at Ásmundarsalur,

                        Reykjavík, Iceland.

2018                Professional Amateur, ABC Klubhuis, Antwerp, Belgium.

2018                Papiripar Festival, Performance with Rebecca Erin Moran part of

                        Pinkie Bowtie and De Player program in Papiripar Festival,Hamburg, Germany.                         

2018                Professional Amateur, Kling and Bang Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland.

2017                Love Triangle, Addis Video Art Festival, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

2017                Field Trip Project Asia, Kuala Lumpur Biennale, Malaysia.

2017                Rolling Snowball 9, CEAC (Chinese European Art Center) in

                        Djúpivogur, Iceland.

2017                Temperature of Communication, Oil Street Art Space, Hong Kong.

2017                Field Trip Project Asia, Edwin’s Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia.

2016                Wayang Malam, Outdoor film and video screening, Lasalle School of Fine Arts, Winstedt Campus,                                       Singapore.

2016                Rolling Snowball 7, CEAC in Djúpivogur, exhibition of 22 Icelandic artists and 10 artists from the          

                        Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, Iceland.

2016                And the rest of such things, M.A graduation show from Lasalle School of Fine Arts, Institute of      

                        Contemporary Arts, Singapore.

2016                Night Transmissions: Electronic Intimacy, broadcasting on   the National Broadcast Service Television      

                        Station Station RÚV, Iceland.

2015                Sweet spot: MA Fine Arts work-in-progress, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Singapore.       

2015                Field Trip Project Asia, Vargas Museum, Manila Philippines.

2015                Video archive, Kling and Bang Gallery in Klingenthal Austellungsraum Basel, Switzerland.

2015                Field Trip Project Asia, NIE Art Gallery, Singapore.     

2015                Video booth in Kunstschlager-parlour, The Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland.                  

2015                Biennale “Plumbing”, Sequences VII, National gallery- Ásgrímur

                        Jónsson Collection, Reykjavik Iceland. 

2014                Rottan nr.2 in Hjalteyri, Kunstschlager gallery, Iceland.

2014                The Lust hour, Kunstschlager gallery, Reykjavik Iceland.

2013                Graduation show, The Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland.

2012                Artist of the week, Kunstschlager gallery, Reykjavik Iceland.

2010                Untitled, The Lost Horse gallery, Reykjavik Iceland.

2010                Student exhibition, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik Iceland.

2010                Performance, Kaffistofan gallery, Reykjavik Iceland.

2010                Student exhibition, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik Iceland.

2010                Performance at the Sultan performance night, Bakkus, Reykjavik

                        Iceland.

2009                Performance night, Kaffistofan gallery, Reykjavik Iceland.

2008                Performance at Cultural Night, Epal Window on Laugavegur Reykjavik Iceland.

2008                Performance at the opening of Epal on Laugavegur, Reykjavik

                        Iceland.

Activities:

2018                Art Residency with SÍM in Berlin sponsored for the month of September.

2018                Art Residency with The Untitled Space in Shanghai China for 3 months.     

2015                Art Residency with CEAC (Chinese European Art Center) in Xiamen China for 1 month.

2013                Working at the Icelandic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

2011-2012       Traveling solo and working on the project Girlfriends in India.

2008                Assisting with the biennale Sequences Iceland.

2007-2010       Working at The Art Museum of Reykjavík, Iceland.

 

Essays:

2018                Professional Amateur, Essay written in correlation with the exhibition

                        in Kling and Bang Gallery, Reykjavik Iceland and ABC Klubhuis,

                        Antwerp Belgium.

2016                The desire to Dissolve, M.A thesis from Lasalle College of the Arts.

Publications:

2017                Rolling Snowball 9, Catalogue in correlation with the group show in

                        Djúpavogur organized by CEAC, Iceland.

2016                Session #1, Peninsular documentation featuring commissioned text by artist/writer Luca L. as a response to                         the work, Peninsular, Singapore.

2016                Rolling snowball 7, Catalogue in correlation with the group show in Djúpivogur organized by CEAC,            

                        Iceland.

2016                And the rest of such things, Catalogue in correlation with the M.A graduation show from Lasalle School of                           Fine Arts, Singapore.

2015                Field Trip Project Asia, Catalogue in correlation with the group show in NIE Art Gallery in Singapore.

2014                The Lust hour, published by the Gamli Sfinxinn in correlation with the group show in Kunstschlager gallery,                         Iceland.

2012                The artist as the shaman of today, published by the artist in relation to the exhibition in Kunstschlager                                 gallery, Iceland.

 

Grants:

2015                Grant for progression from Lasalle College of the Arts.

2014                Grant from the fund of Guðmunda Andrésdóttir-The National Gallery of Iceland.

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