The In, With and Between Us

Paris in the burgeoning arts community in the 50s and 60s; New York - at the School of Visual Arts MFA program, upstate New York at Bard College in the summer MFA program and in Brooklyn during the 2010s; Beirut during the fall of 2016; Iceland from the 1920s up into present day; Copenhagen during 2016 and 2017; Holland in the early 1970s; Germany on and off through the 1960s and until the mid 1970s; Florence, Italy during the 1940s; Kópavogur from the 90s until today; Egypt during the Fall of 1966.

The exhibition The In, With and Between Us invites Gerður Helgadóttir (IS, 1928-75) into an ongoing conversation between Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir (IS), Theresa Himmer (DK/IS) and Emily Weiner (US), that started when the three artists were fellow MFA students at the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2011. Their research-based conversation around non-linear readings of place and time, language and translation took on a practical dimension in the fall of 2015, when they reunited to transform their shared research into the exhibition Speak Nearby at Soloway in Brooklyn, New York.

For the exhibition at Gerðarsafn they've opened up their conversation to include pioneering Icelandic sculptor Gerður Helgadóttir for which the museum is named after. Questions of contexts, temporality and history-writing materialize, when Gerður is met as a peer and pulled across time and space and they all meet somewhere in-between, — together.

Curated by Malene Dam

Image: Theresa Himmer, The Space of Friendship (Elín), 2017