About Ekkisens

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EKKISENS er gamalt blótsyrði sem amma þín ætti að kannast við, sem og listamannarekið rými í miðbæ Reykjavíkur sem leggur áherslu á óháða tilraunamennsku í sinni starfsemi meðal upprennandi myndlistarmanna. Í rýminu gefst listamönnum tækifæri að vinna frjálst að eigin listsköpun og skapa samsýningar í samtali við aðra listamenn. Að auki stendur Ekkisens fyrir samsýningum íslenskra myndlistarmanna í sýningarýmum erlendis með það að markmiði að virkja samtal og tengslanet meðal listamanna og listamannarekinna rýma. Myndlistarkonan Freyja Eilíf stofnaði Ekkisens haustið 2014, í fyrrverandi vinnustofu afa síns heitins, myndlistarmannsins Völundar Draumlands.

EKKISENS is an old curse word every Icelandic grandma should reckognize, as well as an experimental artist run space in the center of Reykjavík city of emerging contemporary art. Ekkisens additionally administrates group exhibitions in various spaces internationally creating a network amongst artists through artist run spaces. Artist Freyja Eilíf founded Ekkisens in autumn 2014 and the space is her grandfather’s Völundur Draumland former apartment & studio. 

The Ekkisens program is a selection of applications from an ongoing open call, showcasing a cross-section of the vibrant emerging art scene of Reykjavík. Alongside the regular exhibition program, Freyja and artists from the Ekkisens family have curated group exhibitions and projects around the themes of activism, witchcraft and gender roles, many of which have become quite notorious and controversial in Iceland. Freyja also manages travelling group exhibitions, showcasing her own work along with groups of artists from the diverse collective of artists who have exhibited and curated at Ekkisens. 

Director: Freyja Eilíf  – ekkisens.artspace@gmail.com

 


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Völundur Draumland Björnsson 1936-2012

 

 

 

Freyja Eilíf, artist and director of Ekkisens | OK, Wax & fire at DZIALDOV, Berlin 2017 

 

Verðlaun, tilnefningar:
2015 Tilnefnt til Menningarverðlauna DV
2015 Freyja Eilíf hlýtur Tilberann fyrir framlag sitt á sviði myndlistar
2016 Tilnefnt af Grapevine sem eitt af þremur bestu galleríum Reykjavíkur
2017 Tilnefnt sem eitt af bestu sýningarýmum á Íslandi af The Culture Trip

Prizes and nominations: 
2015 Nominated for the DV Culture Prize
2015 Freyja Eilíf granted the Tilberinn Award 
2016 Nominated by The Reykjavík Grapevine as one of three best galleries in RVK
2017 Nominated by the Culture Trip as on of 10 best exhibition venues in Iceland

 

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Ekkisens has recieved support from the City of Reykjavík since 2016 and hosted projects funded by Myndlistarsjóður, Myndstef, curated travelling exhibitions funded by The Icelandic Art Center and Muggur, mobility grant. Director and artist Freyja Eilíf recieved Artist Salaries in the year 2018. 

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