50 VIDEO PORTRAITS - SNORRI ÁSMUNDSSON

  • 7.8.2014 - 31.8.2014, Listasafn Íslands
Snorri Ásmundsson (1966) has for years been making one-minute-long video-portraits of people in his in his immediate environment. Fifty portraits will be presented publicly for the first time in Iceland in relation to regular video-exhibitions that are on display at the National Gallery café. Among the people portrayed are many known individuals such as Einar Örn Benediktsson, writers Sjón and Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir, artists Ragnar Kjartansson, Steingrímur Eyfjörð, Erla Þórarinsdóttir, , and Þorvaldur Þorsteinsson, musician Krummi Björgvinsson and athlete Gunnar Nelson.

As an artist Snorri seeks to influence society through public interventions and reflections on the people who affect it. He attempts to create disturbances and to attack the consensus of social norms by expanding boundaries through various performances.  Snorri's socially engaged performances have often aroused strong reactions in Iceland, for example when he ran for mayor of Reykjavik (2002) and as chairman of the centre-right political party; Independence Party (Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn, 2009). He also ran for office as President of Iceland (2004), sold letters of indulgence, advertised for corpses for use in performance, and recently he has attracted much attention for his video in the social media in which he appears in drag singing the national anthem of Israel in a dance version along with his dancing friends, including young men with mental disabilities, who are dressed as Hasidim Jews. 

A collaboration between 700IS Reindeerland and The National Gallery of Iceland.