The Venice Questionnaire #19: Katrín Sigurdardóttir
What can you tell us about your plans for Venice?
Well, they are no longer plans, as the work is almost done. I am continuing to work with place and memory, but in this project, similar to the works I made for the Met in 2010, this is not an intimate memory or a personal place, rather a cultural memory. It’s not exactly historical fiction, but still it’s an unorthodox use of history, akin to how I mine the discipline of architecture in this work and many previous works.
Are you approaching the show in a different way to how you would with a ‘normal’ exhibition?
I approach every exhibition differently; there is always a new context, just as there is always a new floor plan. This work is borne out the possibilities that I saw in the location I selected. There is somehow not a way to separate the two.
Katrín Sigurdardóttir, Foundation, 2013, artisinal tile construction and mixed media installation.Photo: ORCH/orsenigochemollo. Courtesy the artist and the Icelandic Art Center.