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Real Life
Image: Arild Tveito, In Case of Despair, 2015. Artifacts belonging to the philosopher, Peter Zapffe. Skaftfell: Center of Visual Art, East Iceland April – June, 2015 Artists: Hreinn Friðfinnsson, Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir & Markús Þór Andrésson, Cecilia Nygren, Lucia Simek, Arild Tveito This exhibition is about the lives of real people, albeit people that are somewhat extraordinary: an Icelandic artist, a Swiss ski jumper, a Swedish polar explorer and a Norwegian philosopher. The work that the artists and filmmakers have made about these individuals may be biographical but they are not however conventional biographies. They tell the stories of these people from particular, and sometimes peculiar perspectives. Uncertainties often occur, at times through intentional fictionalization but also through the process of an individual becoming a subject. The fallibility of memory, the absence of facts, the reinterpretation of facts, and even the telling of a personal history makes evident that there are always other perspectives available. This accumulation of fractures and fallibility contributes to the creation of an open imaginative terrain; something between mythology and documentary.
Gavin Morrison