The Visitors (2012) is a large installation consisting of nine video projections on a scale of 1:1. It brings into play the relationships between live concerts, the tradition of performance, poetry, and immersive cinema, based on the repetition and circular nature of actions and settings.
Ragnar Kjartansson's performance practice has embraced the entire spectrum of art ever since he began. Through theatre, music and sculpture, as well as visual art, Kjartansson creates performances and actions that take from a number of disciplines. In them he explores and tests the borderline between reality and fiction, always poised between melancholy and parody. These actions and performances, which he often creates together with those who are close to him (relatives, friends and musicians), later return to life in the form of multichannel video installations. Kjartansson has taken part in many exhibitions and festivals, including Manifesta (2008), the Triennale di Torino (2009) and the Venice Biennale this year. Solo exhibitions of his works have been put on in important institutions such as Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (all 2012). In 2009 he was the youngest artist to take part in the Icelandic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.