Hope

Artist Birgir Snæbjörn Birgisson has painted portraits of the 63 members of the parlament elected in 2013 plus one extra. Portraits of real human beings, indeviduals that are aslo part of a bigger whole representing our hopes, our dreams, our desires and our fears.

 

Birgir Snæbjörn Birgisson, born 1966, studied at The Icelandic College of Art and Crafts, and École Des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg in France. Birgir has shown his work widely, both here in Iceland and abroad.

Birgir Snæbjörn has worked with Mika Hannula, curator and writer, on various projects since 2002. Their first collaboration was a group show called Stop for a Moment — Painting as Narrative, Proje4L, Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Art. They have also collaborated on projects such as Happy Together, a group show at Tallinn Art Hall (2009); Pleasure Principle, a painting group show at Kling & Bang, Reykjavik (2011); and in Galleri Björkholmen, Stockholm (2012). Hannula also curated Birgisson’s solo exhibition Blonde Miss World 1951– at the Reykjavik Art Museum in 2007 and Ladies, Beautiful Ladies at ASI Art Gallery and also Helsinki Contemporary, both 2014. In 2016 they collaborated in the show Let’s Get Physical in Leipzig.