Meet the artist

Shoplifter / Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir

Shoplifter is one of Iceland's leading contemporary artists. Working with both synthetic and natural hair, her sculptures, wall murals and site-specific installations explore themes of vanity, self-image, fashion, beauty and popular myth. For Shoplifter hair is the ultimate thread that grows from our body. Hair is an original, creative fiber, a way for people to distinguish themselves as individuals, and is often an art form. Humor plays a large role in her life and work, sometimes subtly, but at other times taking over. Shoplifter represented Iceland at the Venice Biennale in 2019 with her installation Chromo Sapiens. She has shown her work in prestigious museums and art centers worldwide including MoMA in New York, ARoS in Denmark, Kulturhuset in Sweden, Kiasma in Finland Qagoma in Austrailia and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Shoplifter is a recipient of The Nordic Award in Textiles and The Prince Eugen Medal for artistic achievement from the King and Royal Crown of Sweden.

Enter as a homo sapiens
exit as a chromo sapiens


The home of chromo sapiens

Höfuðstöðin is an art and culture destination created by artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir / Shoplifter and creative producer Lilja Baldursdóttir. Höfuðstöðin is self-funded by the duo and raised over 100k via Kickstarter. Höfuðstöðin celebrates Shoplifter's artwork and serves as a permanent home to her monumental large-scale installation Chromo Sapiens that was debut at the Icelandic Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2019, to worldwide critical acclaim. Shoplifter is the first female artist in Iceland to open a culture center around her artwork.

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Rafstöðvarvegur 1a, 110 Reykjavík, Iceland.

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