i8 Gallery (IS)

Over its twenty-six year history, i8 Gallery has fostered an influential group of artists from its Reykjavík base. The foundation of i8 Gallery is the conceptual rigour and intellectual spirit of its artists’ practices, which subtly unites the diverse roster. The twenty-three artists of the gallery work in a variety of mediums, including sculpture, painting, drawing, video, textile, installation, and performance.

Tryggvagata 16
101 Reykjavík
(+354) 551 3666

Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir, installation view from the exhibition 'a) b) c) d) e) & f)', 2017, i8 Gallery

Courtesy of the artist and i8 Gallery

Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir (IS)

Throughout her nuanced practice, Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir explores ideas of beauty, utility, and context, continually questioning the relationship between perception and reality. The artist often examines banal items such as computer buttons, plastic clips, and textile sprays, celebrating their simplicity and the fact of their essential existence. By presenting prosaic objects in new mediums and scales, Birgisdóttir overemphasizes their familiarity, but also questions the straightforwardness of their functionality. These shifts highlight the sculptural value of the original item and celebrate the aesthetics of objects that are normally overlooked.

Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir (b. 1980, Reykjavík) lives and works in Reykjavík. In 2021, she was included in shows at Iceland's Reykjavik Art Museum; the GES-2 House of Culture (RU); the V-A-C Foundation (RU) and H2H (GR). Her work is included in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Iceland (IS), the Reykjavík Art Museum (IS), and Iceland's Living Art Museum (IS), among others. Birgisdóttir graduated from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2003.


Discarded gym mat, 100 x 120 x 3 cm

Courtesy of the artist and i8 Gallery, photo by Vigfús Birgisson

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Magnetic paint, root from Kalymnos, found paper, 84 x 66 cm

Courtesy of the artist and i8 Gallery


Laser cut post-it note, 7.5 x 7.5 cm

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Installation view from the group exhibition 'To Moscow! To Moscow! To Moscow!' at Ges-2 House of Culture, V-A-C Foundation in Moscow

Photo by Ivan Erofeev


Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir, Unfortunate Produce, installation view from the group exhibition
Iðavöllur: Icelandic Art in the 21st Century, 2021, Reykjavik Art Museum

Courtesy of the artist and i8 Gallery, photo by Vigfús Birgisson