Geirþrúður Finnbogadóttir Hjörvar

Monument To (Currency) Devaluations In The Eighties




Arnarhóll by Ingólfsstræti

Geirþrúður’s work, Monument To (Currency) Devaluations in the Eighties, located at Arnarhóll just steps away from the Central Bank of Iceland, is an attempt to depict the intangible system of the economy and its history. These systems are related to the production process and capitalization that began in the 20th century, but as in many of Geirþrúður’s previous works, she mimics social spectacles in order to explore the relationship between art and reality. The work deals with exchange rate fluctuations and devaluations in Iceland during the period to which the title refers. The artist takes up a creative license for interpretation, where symbols and shapes refer to certain buildings from the period 1981-1987, and characteristics of architecture of the eighties in general. Tiled units undeniably remind us of the appearance of home interiors of the period, but Geirþrúður also bases them on the aesthetics and visual memory from models, graphs and coordinates used in the financial world.

Geirþrúður Finnbogadóttir Hjörvar (b. 1977) graduated from the Iceland University of the Arts in 2002 and holds an MFA from the Fine Arts Academy in Malmö from 2005. She has worked on a variety of projects and shown diligently abroad, at places such as Museo La Tertulia (CO), W139 (NL), Cosmos Carl and Kunstverein Milano (IT). In Iceland, she has exhibited in places such as Suðsuðvestur, Hafnarborg, The Hafnarfjörður Centre of Culture and Fine Art, Reykjavík Art Museum and the Living Art Museum. Geirþrúður participated in the Internationales Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia and is also amongst the few Icelanders selected to participate in the renowned residency Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam.