For the last twenty years, the collaborative artist team, Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson, has been practicing and producing in the field of contemporary art on an international stage with projects and exhibitions in the UK, Europe, Australia, and the USA. They have built a reputation, resonant in many fields – in contemporary art, animal studies, human geography, museology, the environmental sciences and more. In this respect, it has been their strategic intent to drive the idea that contemporary art is a significant voice, made possible by the application of unique blends of original methods and cross-disciplinary appropriation.
Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson’s artwork is multidisciplinary in nature, most usually taking the form of installation, involving anything from sculptural interventions, found objects and materials, video, audio, drawing, photography and texts. Notwithstanding their participation in International Biennales and major gallery shows, their adherence to the significance and advantage of site-specificity have often led them strategically to exhibit in some tiny and otherwise most obscure venues.
With multiple project monographs to their name, the production of their work is unashamedly driven and facilitated by intensive research and interdisciplinary associations; as artists, they consider art to be both the most promising platform and the most likely instrument by which the fusion and mutual complication or disturbance of traditionally discrete knowledge-fields will succeed in effecting significant and increasingly-urgent cultural and behavioural change.
And change is the only show in town…
In 2021, they prepare for a 20 year-retrospective exhibition at Ger∂arsafn, Kópavogur Art Museum (Sept 2021) and continue to develop their ongoing Visitations project in Iceland (Sept 2021) and for Alaska (at Anchorage Museum – April 2022).
Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir (PhD) is Professor and MA programme director at the Iceland University of the Arts
Mark Wilson (PhD) is Professor in Fine Art at the University of Cumbria, Institute of the Arts, UK
Snæbjörnsdóttir Wilson are 2015-22 Polar Lab Artists-in-Residence with the Anchorage Museum, Alaska, USA, leading to the forthcoming solo exhibition in April 2022