Ragnar Kjartansson

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Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson experiments with visual arts, theater and music to create live performances. Kjartansson’s work often references modes of aggression, masculinity and dominance. In 2003, the artist recreated a scene from a period of Danish colonization in Iceland where a Danish merchant is shown beating a native Icelandic peasant. The image above depicts a knight that is exposed representing sexual power and playing a piano that emits sounds of groaning women. Kjartansson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland (1976), and attended the Icelandic Academy of the Arts painting department (2001) and the Royal Academy in Stockholm, Sweden (2000). Kjartansson exhibited “Colonialization” with the Galleri Kling & Bang and is currently exhibiting “Samviskubit/ Guilt Trip” at Galleri i8 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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