As this year’s participants in Overgaden’s INTRO development program, we’re very excited to welcome the selected artists: Dina El Kaisy Friemuth and Sóley Ragnarsdóttir.
Dina El Kaisy Friemuth‘s critical and collective artistic practice unpacks the complexity of collectivity and belonging. Their work questions gender, ethnicity, and class and revolves around creating environments which center on voices from the global South as well as decolonial and institutional critique. Their activist practice is often created in collaboration with other cultural workers and involves curating, writing, performance, and video works.
El Kaisy Friemuth (b. 1988) lives and works in Copenhagen and Berlin. They are co-founder of the collective FCNN – Feminist Collective With No Name with Anita Beikpour. They graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and UDK Berlin in 2016 and are participating in the Berlin Programme for Artists 2021–23. El Kaisy has exhibited in Denmark and internationally, at the 11th Berlin Biennale (Berlin), Ariel (Copenhagen), 1-1 (Basel), Bergen Konsthall (Bergen), 55-11 Gallery (New York), and The Eye Can See Things The eye Can’t Reach (Italy). El Kaisy has also taken part in a number of panel discussions and talks, including at ARoS (Aarhus), Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Copenhagen), Flux Factory (New York), and Cooper Union (New York). They have been producer and initiator of several artist groups and networks such as The Cultural Workers Union for People of Colour (Denmark), Another Dinner Ruined (Beirut), and Speculative Bitches (Berlin).
Sóley Ragnarsdóttir’s artistic practice is based on a sculptural approach to painting. By mixing various natural and synthetic materials on the canvas—such as acrylic, oil, resin, sunflower seeds, and amber—Ragnarsdóttir creates hyper-aestheticized, seductive, and semi-figurative surfaces that, in addition to flirting with kitsch and traditions of craftmanship and decoration, address environmental politics and the question of how the ongoing implosion of culture and nature comes at an enormous cost.
Ragnarsdóttir (b. 1991) lives and works in Thy in Northern Jutland, Denmark. She studied at Städelschule, Frankfurt in 2014–19 under the professorships of Amy Sillmann and Monika Baer. She has primarily exhibited in Germany, including the Städel Museum (Frankfurt), the Historisches Museum (Frankfurt) and Kunstforum (Darmstadt).
INTRO is Overgaden’s customised development program for young artists in Denmark, culminating in a solo exhibition accompanied by a publication. INTRO is a three-year pilot project, generously supported by Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond.