Ragnar Kjartansson

Ragnar Kjartansson

  • 6 Artists

    on Their Parents

    When Bill Viola’s mother died it gave him an artistic breakthrough, David Shrigley’s parents wondered why people would pay for his art, Jonathan Meese’s mother works as her son's assistant, and Yayoi Kusama escaped her parents to become an artist.

  • Ragnar Kjartansson

    on Stage with his Mother

    The "mother with child" is one of the oldest clichés in the art historical vocabulary. Performance artist Ragnar Kjartansson grew up in the theatre with an actress-mother who attuned him to what he calls "the realness of fakeness."

  • Ragnar Kjartansson & Mother

    On ’Me and My Mother’

    Every five years, artist Ragnar Kjartansson asks his mother to spit on him for several minutes in front of a camera. The Icelandic mother and son here discuss the fascinating performance, which Kjartansson argues has become “like a part of our family life.”

  • Kjartansson/The National

    A Lot of Sorrow

    "I don't want to get over you." Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson got the American indie rock band The National to perform their song 'Sorrow' repeatedly in a six hour live loop at MoMA PS1, New York. Louisiana Channel was there to document it.

  • Ragnar Kjartansson

    In Love with Satanavia

    "There's something so sad about Scandinavia. It's this ideal part of the world, but it's just so black. It's so fucking sad. It's Sad-anavia you know. That's why I'm a big fan of it." Meet the vibrant Icelandic artist and melancolic jester - Ragnar Kjartansson.