UNDERNEATH: The Nordic House, Reykjavik

September 19, 2020 - March 14, 2021
Installation Views
Press release

Subtly lurking, the common denominator for the themes and artistic practices presented in the exhibition is the pursuit of subversive avenues for exploring gender and sexuality in a variety of forms. The UNDERNEATH exhibition is an invitation to navigate the underbelly of the normative and what lies under the surface of an egalitarian societal utopia – as seen through the prism of Nordic artists.


UNDERNEATH presents the artistic modi operandi of highly contrasting artists, who are drawn into a dialectical constellation, yet remaining compartmentalized within the space, as in a labyrinth composed of several individual worlds. Reflecting a reality where everything is connected yet detached. Through the artist’s critical engagement with practices of self-exploration, truth-seeking, and rethinking of stereotypical ideals; this odyssey around the undercurrents and transgressions of the normative unfolds. But more than anything, UNDERNEATH seeks to open up a challenging heterotopian space within The Nordic House, where alternative truths and realities coexist.


To further investigate the exhibition’s plethora of layers and thematic strains, a series of artist encounters, live performances, film screenings, and analytical talks will supplement the exhibition over its course. Due to the restrictions thrust upon society by Covid-19, all parallel events will use digital format until further notice.


Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg (SE) 
Lene Berg (NO)
Paarma Brandt (GL)
Adam Christensen (DK)
Gabríela Friðriksdóttir (IS)
Emma Helle & Helena Sinervo (FI)
Maria Pasenau (NO)


The curator is Arnbjörg María Danielsen (IS)


The Nordic House