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NORTHERN LIGHTS

Final words: Icelandic Arts Festival

The summer is the season of social gatherings. Fun, festivities and festivals. Beside the fun (and the fest) — festivals are one of the most important tools of any given art market. Folks have a chance to get an overview; explore and enjoy contemporary art.

Most of my favorites festivals are held away from the noisy city. Close to nature — where creative people meets — miracles can happen. Scandinavians are also known to enjoy an especially close relationship to nature. Drinking a flat beer from a bottle, sleeping on a sopping ground — singing along with old popular songs. A necessary part of an overall bulletproof program.

The life does´t get any better.

Northern lights, Jökulsárlón

These two alternative art festivals highlights the beauty of Icelandic nature and national spirit.

Æringur (Rif, Snæfellsnes)

Æringur is an international, artists run festival that is held in a different location every year and focuses on the smaller communities dotting the Icelandic coastline. The festival allows artists to experience the atmosphere outside the capital region and invites them into a space that is not necessarily intended for art exhibitions. It is conceived as a site specific project, that deals with the society and the environment it is held in. Therefore the artists, taking part in the project, stay for a number of days on site before the opening, to develop and work on their projects.

More Northern lights, Snæfellsnes

LungA (Seyðisfjörður)

LungA Art festival is a yearly event held on the east coast of Iceland, in Seydisfjördur. Seyðisfjordur is a small town, decorated with old, well maintained houses and surrounded by an extraordinary views over the mountains and fjords. The festival creates a space were electric vibes from various art forms melt together when artist from all over the world unites at one place through their creativity

Even more Northern lights, Iceland

Photographs taken from google image

.The life is now. Live a little!

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MY SHADOWS

Artist in residence: Elina Lajunen (Finland)

– Read Elina’s previous diary notes; Right time, right place

In Iceland my art project and my own inside travel went together. Difficulties in the beginning turned to be sources of my creativity. I looked at the coast in Vogar. It was black and full of alga and different things from the sea. It looked like the cemetery of the sea. It looked like me, my shadows. But I thought that I wanted to know what was there, in the shadows.

I started to collect things and dry alga in different ways. I made hats from alga! Suddenly ugly and scary things from cemetery became beautiful objects. Darkness turned to be light.  Someone has said that dark and light are actually the same. I believe that. In the darkness is your light.

I also got an idea of Art of the hostessing. I wanted to create space where people can be and spend time, get inspiration, meet people, see art and make art themself. And take a cup of coffee and have some cakes. I created Elina´s olohuone.  “Olohuone” means “living room” in English. It was little festival which took place in Vogar in the 13th – 15th of April this year. I created exhibition to the barn with sofas and tables and things that I found during my travel.

There were three sisters from Chekhov play, hidden people made of photos and shellfish and book about my travel. I also created workshop called Fishfactory. In this factory we made fishes from men ties. I had guests, wonderful artist from Reykjavik and different parts of world working with me. On Sunday we had milonga, Argentinian tango dances, in the home for the elderly. The whole weekend was a great success and I was so happy of all those lovely people and beautiful moments.

Photographs belong to Elina Lajunen

My friend Canadian Poet Angela Rawlings who had great voice workshop in my Livingroom festival spoke about closing things. It’s important to make endings. In the end of the travel I remembered Angelas words. I have to close this travel. What has it been for me? I will say: This travel has been one of the most important things I have had in my life. It was a gift. I feel I found myself, my little inner hidden person, my fairy, my soul. And I found love. Love as a source and energy. I will say like Lovisa; I am rich.

Takk fyrir,

Elina

Elina Lajunen is a Finnish artist. She is a performer, director, visual artist and musician. She has studied music and Puppet Theatre in Finland and Physical theatre in Paris in The International Theatre School of Jacques Lecoq. 

From 2nd of March until 18th of April 2012 Elina stayed in Vogar, Iceland. She has been writing diary notes which she has been kind enough to share with us. This post is the second letter of two. Read Elina´s previous post here.

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NÁND / CLOSE

Vernissage: 5th of May 2012, Hlaðan (Vogar)

Sisters share the scent and smells — the feel of a common childhood 

Hildur the sisters union opened the exhibition “Close” recently at Hladan. The title refers to the sisters’ relationship and the relationship between the viewer and the artists but the artists; Gunnhildur and Brynhildur are sisters by blood.

Their close relationship reflected in every corner of the exhibition. The atmosphere was therefore very intimate and homelike. Guests could participate and interact by touching, smelling and talking.

Photographs by Konsthopp

The exhibition is inspired by the sister´s surreal ideas where adventures can take place. Mannequins become furniture, fury kitchen utensils contain poems and clothes become art.

Our readers should know Gunnhildur Thordardottir from her previous exhibition “Losun / Emission.” Her sister; Brynhildur Thordardottir designs unique wool clothes and other items under the name; Lúka Art and Design.

I´m going to end this entry with this poet from the exhibition:

The sisters

They both laughed resounding and uncontained laugher

Which echoes in memories

They had mysterious smiles and sometimes sad, big eyes

Their friends believed they look liked big birds

They loved their family above all

They were one man´s wives

Traveling in the blue sky

They wanted to go untrodden paths

They loved the arts and are still laughing

Date: 5th – 28th of May 2012

Artists: Gunnhildur Thordardottir and Brynhildur Thordardottir

Place: Menningarverkefnið Hlaðan, Egilsgata 8, Vogar

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RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME

Artist in residence: Elina Lajunen (Finland)

I have wanted to go to Iceland since I was very small. Last summer I met Marta Jóhannesdóttir in my garden in Finland. Marta lives in Vogar in Iceland with her family and has there Artist residency called Menningarverkefnid Hladan. Our meeting was short but magical. It was those moments when you notice that you are in the right place at the right time. Marta liked my work and invited me to Iceland.

I came to Iceland in the beginning of March. It was rainy and grey weather. First moments were difficult. I asked myself why I came so far alone. Changements of places and countries are never easy for me. But, I got an apartment in the home for the elderly and I had the ocean on my backyard! That felt so good and exciting.

When I came I had an idea to work something with Puppets and something with silence. I had title ”Movement of silence” in my mind. For me silence means many things. First it seems to be full of different voices and very noisy. Then some moments you really feel silence just as a huge empty space. But well, Iceland is huge experience, you can’t miss nature and weather. Sometimes I felt that my moods were together with the Iceland weather. I had a feeling of earth shakes in me, I couldn’t do what I thought. Old things and old ways were not working.

It’s interesting that when you are far away alone in foreign land you think some moments that you are far away of everything. Nothing touch you. But that’s not true. Abroad you really face yourself. For me living in the home for the elderly was huge and important. I get to know the grandmother of Vogar, Lovisa. She brought pancakes in front of my door and presented photos of her family. She has twelve children and over 60 grandchildren and she is 90 years old. She smiled and said: I am rich. I was touched. I haven’t lived so near of people to who I create my work. I loved them all, so beautiful and wonderful people. It really made me think what and how I create my art. What I can and what I want to give for them.

Takk fyrir,

Elina

Photographs belong to Elina Lajunen


Elina Lajunen is a Finnish artist. She is a performer, director, visual artist and musician. She has studied music and Puppet Theatre in Finland and Physical theatre in Paris in The International Theatre School of Jacques Lecoq. 

From 2nd of March until 18th of April 2012 Elina stayed in Vogar, Iceland. She has been writing diary notes which she has been kind enough to share with us. This post is the first letter of two.

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