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Ragnar Kjartansson, Take Me Here by the Dishwasher—Memorial of a Marriage, 2011, mixed media. Installation view.

Ragnar Kjartansson

BAWAG Contemporary

Ragnar Kjartansson, Take Me Here by the Dishwasher—Memorial of a Marriage, 2011, mixed media. Installation view.

Ragnar Kjartansson is interested in bringing fairy-tale situations to life, creating dreamy atmospheres that cannot be defined as surreal because they emerge from the Nordic storytelling tradition grounded in the soil of Iceland. For his first solo exhibition in Austria, Kjartansson dug into his own past, down to the roots of his existence, to examine how life can be a magical itinerary far beyond fantasy. Imagine the impact of seeing the moment of your own conception—and then imagine that it was staged in public. Reshaping it into a poetic, social rendering is an inventive solution to such an unusual, extreme scenario.

The installation Take Me Here by the Dishwasher—Memorial of a Marriage, 2011, is a hybrid work that evades definitions and categories. It is centered on a short video loop showing the artist’s real mother and father as actors in the 1977 film Morðsaga,

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