In the Gray Area

Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir - Museum of Design and Applied Art’s exhibition at DesignMarch 2011 Using human hair as a main source of inspiration, Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir, a.k.a. Shoplifter, has set her mark on the art world. More than just a dominant material, the symbolic world and meaning of hair are an integral aspect of her visual creation. While constituting a vital part of our identity, and inextricably linked to ideas of vanity and attractiveness, hair can also stir unease – an indispensable device for conjuring dark imagery and dreadful characters surrounded by mystique.

2011-03-23T00:00:00 to 2011-05-29T00:00:00
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Are you ready, Madam President?

The exhibition Are You Ready, Madam President? examines the wardrobe of Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, a public figure in Icelandic society. Vigdís was fifty years old when she was the first woman to be elected as her nation’s head of state in a democratic election. Throughout her 16 years in office as President of Iceland, she was sought after as a head of state and a role model. Her presence and participation were requested on a variety of occasions, not only here at home but around the world. Vigdís’s projects and activities in her first years in office did much to shape a certain image of her. She represented the country and the nation and was always conscious of the trust the nation had placed in her. Surrounded by suit-clad officials, she was a fearless trailblazer in both word and deed. This shaping of a public image was not least manifested in her choice of attire, and from the very first she was a symbol of the elegant modern female, supported by men and women alike.

2014-02-06T00:00:00 to 2015-02-22T00:00:00
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