Ragnheiður Gestsdóttir is an artist heavily influenced by her background in visual anthropology, a subject that deals critically with the staging of culture and identity, and the production of objects and images, their representation and re-representation. In her work she explores the human desire for uniformity and absolute truths, and their inherent failure by revealing the poetic, the absurd and oftentimes humorous aspects of those systems and truths. Her installations, films, objects and images dance on the line between fact and fiction in their dealing with the impossibility of translations - be it across languages, cultures, times or places.
Ragnheiður holds an MFA in Fine Arts from Bard College, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts since 2012 and an MA in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths College, University of London from 2001. She is also a part time teacher at the Iceland Art Academy, University of Iceland and The Reykjavík School of Visual Arts.