The artist Egill Sæbjörnsson was chosen by the Icelandic Art Center to represent Iceland for the next Venice Biennale.
A visual artist, performer, musician and composer, he lives and works in Berlin and Reykjavík. His work makes him interested in magic of technology which causes one to rethink the boundary between the real and illusion. Egill Sæbjörnsson was nominated for the Carnegie Art Award in 2010. The exhibition for the Icelandic pavilion will be created by Stefanie Böttcher, art historian and curator, former artistic director of the Kunsthalle Mainz. She declared that during the upcoming exhibition to be totally convinced that visitors will be completely captivated by experience in the work of Egill Sæbjörnsson. ”Once they are inside, they will become part of the work.”
The selection committee that chose the artist brought together the director of the Icelandic Arts Center, Björg Stefánsdóttir, the Director of the l’Akureyri Art Museum Hlynur Hallsson as well as the artist Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir.