Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir (1985) is a visual artist based in Iceland.

In her practice she considers various objects and phenomena that are connected to our understanding of and relation to the natural world as it meets, overlaps and is interpreted within human environments. Her work is layered in process, research and fieldwork where her approach is recognised through different notions of time, narratives and scales.

She graduated with a Master of Fine Art from the Glasgow School of Art in 2013 and received BA in Fine Art from the Iceland University of the Arts in 2009. Alongside her art practice Þorgerður has contributed to various artist-run spaces, projects, festivals and publications. 

From 2014 - 2018 she was the director of The Living Art Museum (NÝLÓ) in Reykjavík, an artist-run museum established in 1978. Together with Eva Ísleifsdóttir, she founded Staðir / Places, a biannual exhibition project in the Westfjords, Iceland (2014 - 2021).

Þorgerður is a part of the research project Relics of Nature, an Archaeology of Natural Heritage in the High North (2021 - 2025), which aims to explore understandings and manifestations of natural heritage, with special focus on the High North and in the context of climate change.

She has an ongoing collaboration with artist Gunndís Ýr Finnbogadóttir and Becky Forsythe curator, editor and researcher. Their research and exhibition project Unstable Ground will open at Gerðarsafn Art Museum in October 2024.


CV

Selected exhibitions & projects

Now on:
Brot úr framtíð / Future Fragments
National Museum of Iceland
(08.06 - 10.11.2024)

2023
Can’t See - Sequences Art Festival XI. Public sculpture commission for Surtsey 60th Anniversary. Kambarnir – Hellisheiði, South Iceland.
Soil – group exhibition in Kling and Bang gallery. Curated by Marika Agu, Maria Arusoo, Kaarin Kivirähk and Sten Ojavee from The Estonian Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA). Tallinn, Estonia.
A Meeting with Eldfell. Safnahúsið, Vestmannaeyjar. Curated by Vala Pálsdóttir and Ilana Halperin, with contributions from Gísli Pálsson anthropologist.

2022            
Afield / Fjær – a three persons show with artists Diane Borsato and Geoffrey Hendricks in Skaftfell, Centre for visual art in the East Iceland.
Collaboration with Antikva ehf and The National Museum of Iceland.
Curated by Becky Forsythe.

2021             
Séstey / Hverfey, solo exhibition in Surtseyjarstofa, Westman islands, Iceland.
Collaboration with the Environment Agency of Iceland.
The exhibition ran until November 2023.

2019            
Í kring, solo exhibitions in three locations in Ásmundarsalur, Brautarholt 2, Kárastígur, 101 Reykjavík.
Incidents (of Travel) http://incidents.kadist.org. A day long travellogue around the Reykjavík city area, tying together the three entry points to the city through different geological time, in conversation Becky Forsythe.
News from Nowhere. Solo exhibition in Listamenn gallery. Reykjavík.

2018             
Staðir / Places, exhibition. Collaboration with the rangers overseeing Surtarbrandsgil canyon and Brjánslækur. Vatnsfjordur, westfjords.

2016             
þá / þegar. Solo exhibition in Harbinger gallery. Reykjavík. 
Borrowed Time, Scandinavia House, New York, USA.

2015             
Predictions
. Demon’s Mouth, artist-run gallery (solo exhibition). Oslo, Norway. 
Challenge. Group exhibition in Listasafn Árnesinga, Iceland.
Wade in – Wade in. Eastern Edge gallery. St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.

2014            
Strangers and Sightseers, public sculpture. Part of the exhibition Phishing the Landscape. The Factory in Hjalteyri, Eyjafjörður, north Iceland. 
Kelly, group exhibition in The Savoy Centre. Glasgow International (GI Festival).

2013            
Fall Scenes, group exhibition at 134 Renfriew Street, Glasgow.
MFA Degree Show. The Glue Factory, Glasgow.
TAVERNA, FUMF collective. Hemliga Trädgården, Stockholm.

2012           
Wish you were here (solo). Salur Myndlistarfélagsins. Akureyri, Iceland.
Monument for Blue. Two persons show with Eva Ísleifsdóttir. Catalyst Arts. Belfast.
The End of it All. Two persons show with Jason Mosher. Joshua Baskin Gallery, Glasgow. Curated by Simon Buckley.
Funtitled. Sound of Mu. Oslo, Norway. Collaboration with FUMF collective.
Conclusion of a Solution. Gallery Toilet, Reykjavík, Iceland.

2011            
Without Destination, curated by Markús Þór Andrésson. Reykjavík Art Museum.
Somewhere Along Those Lines. Group exhibition in Reykjanes Art Museum.
Keflavík, Iceland. 










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