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 sensitive approach is recognised through different notions of time, narratives and perspectives.

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 independent, artist-run projects, festivals and publications. 

From 2014 - 2018 she was the director of The Living Art Museum (NÝLÓ) in Reykjavík, 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.

Upcoming exhibitions include Future Fragments in the National Museum of Iceland as part of Reykjavík Arts Festival. 

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. 


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