Bjarki Bragason


Bjarki´s practice investigates how human and geological time scales intersect. In his recent work Bjarki has focussed on individual trees and how they bear witness to the history which unfolds around and on them. His 2021 solo exhibition with the ASÍ Art Museum stemmed from sitework at the Sagehen Experimental Forest, part of UC Berkeley‘s field station, observing a tree which grew from roughly 1670-2000 and was spared the clearcutting of the forest. In his current work, Bjarki juxtaposes recent history with tree-remains uncovered at the rapidly receding icecap of Vatnajökull in south-east Iceland with a Sorbus tree he planted in his childhood, soon to be cut down due to the demolition of the garden it stands in.


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