GENESIS – Conversation between artist Erla S. Haraldsdóttir and Jonathan Habib Engquist

Conversation between Erla S. Haraldsdóttir and Jonathan Habib Engquist on the exhibition GENESIS will take place in the foyer of Hallgrimskirkja on Saturday October 29th at 2 pm. All are welcome!

Artist Erla S. Haraldsdóttir has opened a new exhibition by the name of Genesis in Hallgrímskirkja. Genesis consists of seven paintings made for the church narthex. The story of creation is a recurring theme in ecclesiastical art history and Erla makes the tradition her own with the daring colours, thick paint and rich allusions that characterize her work. She amongst other refers to a collection of medieval, Icelandic drawings.

Erla studied painting in Sweden and San Francisco and uses paintings, animations, videos and collages to approach and recreate reality. She has taught and exhibited extensively in North Europe and currently lives and works in Berlin.

Jonatan Habib Engqvist is an independent curator and theorist with a background in Philosophy and Aesthetic theory. He recently curated Bouchra Khalili´s first solo exhibition in the Nordic region,The Opposite of Voice-Over, at Färgfabriken in Stockholm, organising New Småland – a series of events in collaboration between 5 art institutions in southern Sweden and running the small-scale curatorial residency CRIS in Stockholm. He was co-curator of the Momentum biennale 2015 and teaches regularly at The Royal Institute of Fine Art, The Academy of Fine Art in Helsinki, Stockholm University and the School of Dance and Circus, DOCH.

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