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Egill Saebjörnsson 1973 Iceland

The Icelandic artist Egill Sæbjörnsson is possibly best known for his imaginary friends. They are Ugh and Boogar – 36 metre, coffee loving, human eating trolls, who gained global notoriety at the Venice Biennale in the summer of 2017.

Along with art and music, Egill Sæbjörnsson (b. 1973) has studied Tibetan Mentalphysics, clowning, 3D animation and interactive programing, in both Reykjavik and Paris. He is a multidisciplinary artist, whose art is based both on the use of technology as a continuation of painting and sculpture, and on combining real objects and projected illusions with sound, music and performance.

At the same time, Sæbjörnsson’s art is clever, sincere and profound. It surprises, amuses and confuses. It poses serious questions about existence, but does so in a way that both the artist himself and his viewers can enjoy. Even though Sæbjörnsson’s works are experimental and innovative, it is important to him that we do not require any separate instructions, study or background information to understand them.

Since 2017 Sæbjörnsson’s initiated art project Kärahär has been in action in the city of Kristinehamn in Sweden. The project is a part of Kreativa Platser from Kulturrådet and will end receiving funding in the end of 2019. It’s aim is to give local people from Kristinehamn the power of creativity, by working on the frame idea of Sæbjörnsson by creating a café. The project has it’s aim at working with immigrants, unemployed and pensioned people

Sæbjörnsson field of interest not only spans art, music and social integration but also reaches into “place making” and architecture, comprising several public artworks in Germany and interaction with social space.