Emotional Blackmail curated by Markus Per Andresson & Chen Tamir. SAAG opening reception September 24, 2011. Everybody welcome
Markús Thór Andrésson was born in Switzerland in 1975 and grew up in Iceland. He is the Assistant Director of SAFN, a private collection in Reykjavik. He has worked on several documentary films and television programs regarding contemporary art as director and producer, most recently STEYPA, a feature documentary on the art scene in Iceland, released in 2007. He has written extensively on art in catalogues and art magazines, his focus being on the scene in Reykjavik and Berlin, where he currently has his office. His recent and upcoming exhibitions include It’s Not Your Fault, on Icelandic art in Luhring Augustine Gallery in NYC in 2008; The End, with Ragnar Kjartansson in the Icelandic pavilion at the Venice Biennial in 2009; and Stray Beacons, an exhibition in four lighthouses around Iceland as part of the Reykjavik Arts Festival, 2009. Andrésson received a B.A. in Studio Arts from the Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavik, and an M.A. in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.
Cḥen Tamir is an independent curator and arts writer based in New York, Toronto, and Tel-Aviv. She is also the former director of Flux Factory, an arts organization in Queens. Her primary interests are video works, interventions, and interactive or social art. Cḥen holds an M.A. in Curatorial Studies from Bard College's Center for Curatorial Studies, a B.A. in Anthropology, and a B.F.A. in Visual Art from York University. She has recently curated exhibitions at Gallery TPW and the Barnicke Gallery (Toronto), the Ise Cultural Foundation and White Box (New York), and others. She has participated in Curating Degree Zero (Paris), and has written for numerous monographs and publications including Flash Art, Ciel Variable, and C Magazine. Recent speaking engagements include the Scope Art Fair, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Ramapo College, and Art in General.attached image: Ariel Schlesinger, Unititled (Lighters), 2007, wood gas balloon and wire, edition of 3