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Ragnar Kjartansson: “I know how to hide my tracks”

March 25, 2015

Ragnar, at university you studied feminist art. Would you describe yourself as a feminist?

Yeah, absolutely. Feminism is the greatest and most beautiful cultural revolution that ever happened. Half of humanity suddenly got a voice. Marx and Engels didn’t realize that when they were talking about the silent majority that was going to rise. And they were a totally silent majority, a shut-up majority.

How does feminism play into your art?

I was blown away by feminist artists’ approach to art. They wanted to do everything again from their point of view and women artists were reclaiming the body from all the machos who had [sinister voice] used the feminine body. My two big heroes are Carolee Schneemann and Marina Abramović. I’ve always been interested in gender and in researching my totally uninteresting gender role. I’m a white, western male. It’s so boring that’s it’s almost kind of controversial. …

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