Works > Hvít Móða

Hvít móða - White condensation

Represented is an engraved 3D lazer drawing in glass of a plantation master chair. The chair was the first thing to be burned during uprisings in the plantations of the West-Indies. The uprising of St. Croix in 1848 are thought to have inspired the first mass protest of Iceland against a mutual coloniser, Denmark. The ephemeral yet laser engraved drawing calls forth a haunting power structures with a revisional outlook which is dependant on where one is positioned in a gap between the signifier and signified of a chair.

Part of Reacción A Islandia exhibition, opening 10th of April 2019:

PAVILION NORDICO warmly invites you to ‘Reacción A Islandia’, an exhibition of contemporary works by Nordic visual artists accompanied by a performance programme during the opening event.

The title of the exhibition quotes the poem ‘A Islandia’ written by the Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges in the late 1920s. In the poem, Borges describes his fascination with Iceland’s history, its Sagas, language and unique nature. This fascination is today shared by the millions of tourists who visit the country every year, rendering the romanticised narrative a mainstream consumable cliché. A cliché that has become so ingrown into the natives’ psyche that it is now hard to define the borders between fiction and reality.

‘Reacción A Islandia’ presents a reaction to the narratives surrounding Iceland, partly build on the cliché and partly on the unspectacular, mundane reality of a nation finding its place in the global context.

Adam Christensen (DK)
Amar Ásgeirsson (IS)
Anna Júlía Fridbjörnsdóttir (IS)
Anna Marie Gudmundsdottir Sigmond (NO)
Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir (IS)
Bryndís Björnsdóttir (IS)
Gudny Gudmundsdottir (IS)
Ivalo Frank + Jesse Kleemann (GL)
Kolbeinn Hugi (IS)
Leifur Ýmir Eyjólfsson (IS)
Melanie Ubaldo (IS)
Unnar Örn (IS)