Kristín Helga Ríkharðsdóttir & Kristín Karólína Helgadóttir: Please Wait

14 Aug - 5 Sep 2021

Through time-related and multi-dimensional media an almost surreal worldwide situation has indirectly created the illusion that a wait for the circumstances to end will soon be over. We observe dreamlike scenes with unexpected breakups; a rabbit wanders out of place, a lonely ghost walk is possible and we aknowledge abandoned hotels and unoccupied airports. Various objects move or do not move. An absence, intermediate state, and transience are suggestive in Please Wait. We tangibly merge with things. The exhibition provides a physical and metaphysical waiting room with works made during a pandemic. They imply signs of uncertainty where ideas of "waiting" are addressed; being in a limbo state, on standby, left hanging, or even at the gates of hell.

Waiting for an answer, waiting for a phone call, waiting to hear back, waiting in the line for my representative, waiting for the borders to open, waiting for my test results, waiting for the vaccine, waiting to get vaccinated, waiting to get access, waiting to get paid, waiting for delivery, waiting to be able to afford an apartment, waiting for the day to end, waiting to fall asleep, waiting for summer, waiting for a break, waiting for my health to crack, waiting for all to be over
Patience is no longer a virtue. We live in an uncertain time which creates chaos within us and out into society

The exhibition is a collaboration between artists Kristín Helga Ríkharðsdóttir and Kristín Karólína Helgadóttir

Kristín Helga Ríkharðsdóttir (b. 1993) is currently pursuing her post-graduate studies in Fine Art at New York University Steinhardt. Kristín graduated from the visual arts department of the Iceland Academy of the Arts in the spring of 2016, as well as finishing an exchange program at the Universität der Künste Berlin in 2015. She has been active in exhibitions both in Iceland and abroad as well as participating in various social activities of visual artists. Among other things, Kristín sat on the deputy board of the Living Art Museum 2018-2020, was one of the curators for the exhibition series Calm and Romantic in Harbinger 2019, and became part of the Kling and Bang group 2020

Kristín Karólína Helgadóttir (b. 1988) graduated with a BA in philosophy from the University of Iceland in 2015 with a MFA from the Koninklijke Academie van Schone Kunsten, KASK in Belgium summer 2021. She has been a member of and participated in exhibitions of artist-run spaces such as Kunstschlager in Reykjavík and ABC Klubhuis in Antwerp. Kristín has exhibited her work in Berlin, Belgium, the Netherlands and Iceland. Most recently, she held the solo exhibition Just at 2 in Harbinger, Iceland