Gabriela Fridriksdottir & Lazyblood, ‘Bloody Crepuscular Monstrous Rays’ (2011). Image: Christophe Lucienne.
In this new piece, commissioned for Contour 2011, a dreamlike journey depicts a couple (played by Valdimar Johannsson, and Erna Omarsdottir of the group Lazyblood) walking along old roads and through barren land. As wanderers, they meet strangers, and when they enter a house in a town they are given food and things get absurd. Fridriksdottir, Johannsson, and Omarsdottir, have collaborated on dance, performance and music projects and are mutually inspired by death metal music, smoke machines, blood fountains, spaghetti westerns and forests, among other influences.
Gabriela Fridriksdottir’s art is diverse. Drawings, sculptures, paintings, installations, performances, video and films are among her various concerns. Born in Reykjavík 1971, she studied at Iceland Academy of the Arts. She lives and works in Reykjavik, Iceland. In 2005, she represented Iceland at the Venice Biennale.
The two members of Lazyblood recently started their career as a band together, but their dance and theater productions have been touring across Europe for the past few years. They are currently working on their first album, which will be released in early 2012.