Bergthora Snaebjornsdottir (b. 1985, Reykjavik) and Rakel McMahon (b. 1983, Reykjavik) are a poet/artist duo based in Reykjavik. They have been working together as Wunderkind since 2011.
Their work continuously explores society from the point of view of the individual experience, its implicit solitude and absurd nature. Examining the oscillation between privacy and voyeurism, fondness and fetish, memory and the debris of nostalgia, their work emphasizes the human condition as a paradox one.
In their working process, they communicate through text and drawing, the dialogue resulting in performance, seeking to disrupt the line between theater and performance by manipulating the audience - performance relationship, imposing intentions and unexpected roles on the audience.
Wunderkind is an expandable entity, bringing in various collaborators and actors. An ongoing project is THE DAYS OF THE CHILD PRODIGY ARE OVER, a large scale project that incorporates a a broad range of media; poetry, drawings, installations, video and performance. Further projects are underway.
Bergþóra Snæbjörnsdóttir is a poet, based in Reykjavik. She published her first collection of poetry, Daloon dagar (e. Daloon days) in November 2011. She is one of the founders of publishing and authors association in Iceland, ÚTÚR, whose mission it is to create an open publishing platform in Iceland. She graduated with a BS degree in Psychology from the University of Iceland in 2010 and BA in Creative Writing in 2013 from the same institution. She has organized and participated in numerous readings and art events, e.g. Junge Lyrik Aus Island/Lettrétage Literaturhaus (2012), Detour von Útúr /Altez Finanzamt (2012), International Poetry Festival/NÝLÓ (2011). Bergþóra is the screenwriter of short film "MUNDA" (2017), supported by the Icelandic Film Foundation, directed by Tinna Hrafnsdóttir.
Rakel McMahon lives and works in Iceland. She graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2008. In 2009 she graduated with a MA diploma of Applied Gender Studies from the University of Iceland. Since her graduation she has been active in the Icelandic art scene, exhibiting and participating in various cultural events. Her first solo exhibition was FEED ME in Kron Kron in 2009. Her work has been exhibited at various locations, both in Iceland and internationally, f.ex. Copenhagen, Edinburgh and Warsaw. She has been active in running artist run exhibition spaces in Reykjavik.