Sequences Biennial is delighted to announce the full list of participating artists for its 11th edition, which will open to the public from 13. – 22. October in Reykjavík, Iceland. Titled Can’t See, the Biennial explores the ever-growing threat of ecological destruction by delving into spaces that cannot be perceived by the human eye, from the depths of the sea and layers of the soil, imagining the debris of the past and visions of the future.
Sequences XI will feature a central exhibition, displayed across four local institutions (The Nordic House, The Living Art Museum, National Gallery, Kling & Bang) and a wider programme of installations, performances, workshops, concerts and more, taking place across the city.
The artist selection reflects the curators’ interest in fostering new and deeper connections between the Baltic and Icelandic artistic communities, spotlighting unique, decentralised narratives from these geographical and cultural borders. There will be public and site-specific installations situated across Reykjavík’s city centre and the harbour. Nigerian American artist Precious Okoyomon, who is known for their vast installations composed of living, growing and decaying natural materials, will create a new commission in collaboration with American artist Dozie Kanu. Presented in Seltjarnarnes’ historic lighthouse in Grótta, the work will explore wind as a central element in Icelandic nature. The Estonia-based American artist John Grzninch will also focus on wind, creating site-specific ‘harp towers’ that channel local wind patterns into sound.
Sequences XI will feature some of the most exciting emerging and established artists from the Baltic and Nordic regions, interwoven with visionary artists across the world. With a multidisciplinary, cross-generational line-up, highlights will include Estonian sculptor Edith Karlson, who will exhibit a new iteration of her piece Can’t See (2023), which inspired the title of this edition of Sequences. Karlson, who will also represent Estonia at the 60th Venice Biennale, is known for her eerie installations and dark humour and this sculpture will depict a hybrid creature from between the land and sea, looking at the uncertainty of the world. She will be exhibited at Nordic House.
The Biennial will feature performances by Norwegian artist and saxophonist Bendik Giske, who has received critical acclaim for the physicality, vulnerability and endurance of his performances. For Sequences he is working with Icelandic musician Úlfur Hansson. Estonian artist and musician Netti Nüganen, will restage her piece The Myth (2022), for which she won Estonia’s best performance award last year. Korean American writer, artist and musician Johanna Hedva brings together mystical and political states in cathartic live performances, which are informed by the Korean tradition of Pansori singing, which demands rehearsal next to waterfalls in order to ravage the vocal cords.
Participating from Iceland, Icelandic-Polish artist Pola Sutryk will be setting up her own studio-kitchen as a festival hub. Bjarki Bragason will present a major new commission at Kling & Bang, which will deconstruct, transport and resurrect his grandparents’ garden, which was on the verge of destruction, within the gallery space. Bragason’s practice often involves expeditions to Iceland’s glaciers, exploring how geological and human time manifests itself within places and nature. Also reflecting on Iceland’s unique landscape, artist Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir will exhibit a new public artwork, looking at the unique Surtsey Island from the shore of Iceland in Kambarnir, Hellisheiði.
In addition to contemporary artists, for the first time this year, Sequences will feature museum-loaned historical artworks to bring significant historic artists to new international attention.This includes works by beloved Icelandic artist and beloved art teacher for many generations Valgerður Briem from Gerðarsafn Kópavogur Art Museum, and unique wooden sculptures by Gudrun Nielsen from Safnasafnið – The Icelandic Folk and Outsider Art Museum, together with legendary Icelandic painter Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval, one of the country’s most important and celebrated artists.The Icelandic artists are put in dialogue with historical artists from Eastern Europe: leather artist Elo Järv, who is having a moment of rediscovery in Estonia, with inclusion in three major exhibitions this autumn, Zenta Logina, a Latvian artist with a spectacular body of works who worked during the Soviet occupation.Works will also be displayed by Agnes Denes, the iconic land artist who emerged in the 1960s and 1970s who is internationally known for her immense public installations such as Wheatfield and The Mountain.
FULL LIST OF PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
Aaloe-Ader-Flo-Künnap-Soosalu (Estonia) Agnes Denes (Hungary) Alma Heikkilä (Finland) Anna Líndal (Iceland) Anna Niskanen (Finland) Antti Laitinen (Finland) Bendik Giske (Norway) in collaboration with Úlfur Hansson (Iceland) Benjamin Patterson (US) Bjarki Bragason (Iceland) Boji (Ukraine) Brák Jónsdóttir and Dúfa Sævarsdóttir (Iceland) Brynhildur Þorgeirsdóttir (Iceland) Daiga Grantina (Latvia) Daria Melnikova (Latvia) Dénes Farkas (Estonia) Dodomundo (Lithuania) Edda Kristín Sigurjónsdóttir (Iceland) Edith Karlson (Estonia) Elo-Reet Järv (Estonia) Emilija Škarnulyte (Lithuania) Gerður Helgadóttir (Iceland) Grzegorz Łoznikow (Iceland) Gudrun Nielsen (Iceland) Guðrún Vera Hjartardóttir (Iceland) Gústav Geir Bollason (Iceland) Hrund Atladóttir (Iceland) Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval (Iceland) Johanna Hedva (US/Korea) Johhan Rosenberg (Estonia) John Grzinich (US/Estonia) Jussi Kivi (Finland) Kadri Liis Rääk (Estonia) Kärt Ojavee (Estonia) Katja Novitskova (Estonia) Katya Buchatska (Ukraine) Monika Czyzyk (Poland/Finland) Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa (Guatemala) Netti Nüganen (Estonia) Ólöf Nordal (Iceland) Pakui Hardware (Lithuania) Pola Sutryk (Iceland) Precious Okoyomon and Dozie Kanu (US) Radio Gufan (Iceland) Sigurður Einarsson (Iceland) Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir (Iceland) Uku Sepsivart (Estonia) Vaim Sarv (US/Estonia) in collaboration with Flaaryr (Argentina), Ásta Fanney (Iceland) Valgerður Briem (Iceland) Zenta Logina (Latvia) Young Boy Dancing Group (Switzerland, Netherlands, Estonia)
Sequences: Can’t See is curated by Marika Agu, Maria Arusoo, Kaarin Kivirähk and Sten Ojavee, a curatorial collective from the Estonian Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA).
Sequences: Can’t See – 13. – 22. October 2023 A full program will be announced shortly on the festival’s website, in the meantime you can read more about the individual artists and collectives participating this year.
Sequences is a non-profit artist run biennial in Reykjavík. The aim of the festival is to produce and present progressive visual art. Founding members of Sequences are artist run Kling & Bang (est. 2003), the Living Art Museum (est. 1978) and the Icelandic Art Centre, that together with artists active in the local art scene, run the festival.
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