Jóhanna Ellen Ríkharðsdóttir will give a performative presentation of her recent work, including such highlights as: pimped profile pictures, repetitive texts and mumblings, animals she makes to represent the voices she hears in her head, and video montages she makes when unable to leave her house.
The above combine to become a fragmented reality where made up characters and perceptions of existing ones in the artist’s life, interact in both disturbing and hilarious ways.
Ríkharðsdóttir, born 1983 in Höfn í Hornafirði, Iceland, holds an MFA from Kunstakademiet I Oslo and a BFA from Kunsakademiet i Trondheim. She has had solo exhibitions in Noplace, Oslo, Galleri Blunk, Trondheim, and Gallery Crymo, Reykjavik, and participated in numerous group exhibitions including Statens Høstutstillingn, 2013 and 2014, Telemark Kunstnersenter, Skien, Five Years Gallery, London, Kronika in Bytom, Poland, and INCA, Detroit, USA.
In her lecture, photographer and visual artist Sissa Micheli will focus on her latest works revolving around the still and moving image, utilising all means of photography, video and installation. She creates environments by installing objects within her photographic and cinematic sets. The analytical questioning of the media of photography and film per se is deeply embedded in her work, as she often inserts cinematic aspects into her photography and vice versa. She will give an insight into her media-reflexive approach referring to her site-specific exhibitions and placing an emphasis on the temporary dimension as well as the transitory moment.
Sissa Micheli is a Vienna based multimedia artist. She attended the School of Artistic Photography and the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Past artist-in-residence programs include New York, Paris and London. Micheli’s works have been shown in Austria and abroad. Solo and group exhibitions comprise Kunsthalle Saalfelden, Museion Bolzano, Kunsthalle Bratislava, Kajaani Art Museum Finland, Austrian Cultural Forum London, Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst und Medien Graz, Künstlerhaus Vienna, MUSA Vienna,Kunst Haus Vienna, Gallery Luciano Fasciati Chur Switzerland, Audain Gallery, Vancouver, Kunstverein Freiburg, Lentosmuseum Linz, Spazio Gerra Reggio Emilia, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Fotohof Salzburg, Gallery Maeght Barcelona. Her works have been presented at several international fairs, at auctions and can be found in numerous collections. She was recently awarded a State Grant for Artistic Photography by the Austrian government.