Peopled with hybrid and sexually charged beings, the meditative video works of the Icelandic artist are fed by Nordic sagas and irrational drives
Working between video, sculpture, drawing, performance, painting and writing, Friðriksdóttir blurs the lines between the occult and natural worlds to create dream-like environments. She creates fictional cosmologies rooted in her country’s isolated, melancholic landscape, where stories of creation come together with surrealism, horror films, and even heavy metal.
Gabríela Friðriksdóttir (b. 1971, Reykjavik; lives and works in Reykjavik) represented Iceland at the 2005 Venice Biennale. She has also exhibited at Prospectif Cinéma, Centre Pompidou (Paris); Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo); National Gallery (Reykjavik); Museum of Modern Art (Oslo); Kunsthaus (Graz); Schirn Kunsthalle (Frankfurt) and at the Biennale de Lyon, 2014.