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Ljós höfuð Norrænn kynstofn

Olía á striga, 2004, breytilegar stærðir. Ljósmyndir: Vigfús Birgisson

„Hugmyndin að seríunni „Ljós höfuð, norrænn kynstofn“ er fengin úr bók sem gefin var út í Þýskalandi árið 1927 og heitir „Deutsche Köpfe, Nordischer Rasse“. Í bókinni voru myndir af svokölluðum Aríum sem Birgir stækkar upp á strigann. Ekki er lengur dauflegur undirtónn sem túlka mætti sem rasískan, heldur fer ekki á milli mála hvaðan persónurnar í þessari myndröð koma, eða fyrir hvað þær eiga að standa.“

Iðunn Vignisdóttir, Ný íslensk myndlist, Listasafn Íslands 2004

 

Blond heads Nordic race

Oil on canvas, 2004, variable sizes. Ljósmyndir: Vigfús Birgisson

„The idea for the series “Blond heads Nordic race” is borrowed from the book “Deutsche Köpfe, Nordischer Rasse”, which was published in Germany in 1927 and features photographs of “Aryans” that Birgisson enlarges onto the canvas. There is no longer a vague undertone that might be interpreted as racist – there is no doubt where the characters in the series come from or what they stand for.“

Iðunn Vignisdóttir, New Icelandic Art, National Gallery of Iceland 2004