Who’s afraid of who

2009

„Jeannette grew up in Verona, Italy a place rich in histories and heritages, where icons are so plentiful that they are consumed as “daily bread”. Who’s Afraid of Who scans over the imaginative merging cultural landscapes through communications and technologies, and pushes this digital orthodoxy into a kind of cultural amnesia and a kind of anxiety and fear brought forth by icons and images.

The various elements in the exhibition identify uncanny parallels, incongruous juxtapositions and surprising fusions of ideas between the old and the new, the residual and the emergent. Jeannette does know well the power of icons and their prevailing authority over our prejudices and judgements. In this piece she’s been using art historical references from famous Italians artist like Bernini (1598–1680), Giambologna (1529–1608), Tintoretto (1518–1594), the German artist Dürer (1471–1528), and Netherlands painter Memling (1430–1494)

She tried to draw out a paradox with given icons, images, and suggestions of those icons, and the assumed images, in a context that gives them temporary meanings and fragmentary values. A platform with holes in the middle of the gallery is a stage where visitors are invited to climb on and discover for themselves audio interviews of famous figures—one of them is the surrealist painter Dalí (1904–1989) talking about his moustache.

* From the exhibition text curate from Yean Fee Quay, Director of the exhibition department of the Reykjavik Art Museum.