Karoliina Hellberg at Ásmundarsalur, Reykjavik

Karoliina Hellberg’s solo exhibition Under Marguerite’s Bed at Ásmundarsalur in Reykjavik is on display until 26 November.

The exhibition is the result of a month long residency where Karoliina Hellberg temporarily moved her studio in Helsinki to Gryfjan in Ásmundarsalur. The exhibition is a paint based installation, with works on canvas and on paper – among other elements.

The title of the exhibition Under Marguerite’s Bed is an allusion to the French author Marguerite Duras (1914–1996) and to her fictive bedroom as the artist would imagine it – and to the mysteries and secrets that could have only resided there, under her bed.  Hellberg has been researching and going through material related to Duras for several years now and is especially enthusiastic of her autobiographical writings and interviews. She feels familiarity to Duras’s approach to the lived space and its both practical and metaphorical dimensions.

Image: Karoliina Hellberg, Under Marguerite’s Bed, installation view | Owen Fiene