Galleri Hlemmur  presents:


"What you actually saw"


an exhibition by Erla S. Haraldsdóttir


October 26th - November 10th


Saturday the 26th of October at 5 pm, Erla S. Haraldsdottir opens a private exhibition at Galleri Hlemmur. This is the second time Erla exhibits in the gallery; in the fall 2001, she and the Swedish artist Bo Melin displayed computer-manipulated photographs depicting the streets of Reykjavik. On this occasion she will be introducing a video piece situated in the main showroom of the gallery. The piece is closely related to her computer-collages, but instead of focusing on the urban society as before, she now examines the relationship between man and nature – in harmony as well as in disarray. The piece is somewhat surreal and is the artist’s attempt to stimulate the visual perception of the unconscious mind and, at the same time, the logical reality.

Erla has asked the L.A.-based artist and designer Joshua Trees to interpret in his own words one single still-frame from the video without having had the opportunity to see the video in full length. These thoughts will be printed in the exhibition programme. Furthermore, she has invited a young artist, Arngrímur Borgþórsson, to make a graffiti-piece on one of the walls in the gallery, inspired by the same picture and given the same starting point. In that way Erla opens up for other people’s interpretations of an isolated part the exhibition, which she will use as input in her show.