Vestur í bláinn – Music Project & Art Exhibition
Exhibition of an artwork by Eva Bjarnadóttir and a music piece by Julius Pollux in Stofan at Reykjavik Art Museum, Hafnarhús. Free entry.
The works are a part of the exhibition Vestur í bláinn, which is a multidisciplinary art project about immigration in Iceland. The project presents a poetic and sensitive approach to notions of foreignness and takes place in several locations in the city until September 30th. The project’s music will be released on september 1st, the art exhibition will take place in ten public locations in Reykjavík from September 3rd to September 30th.
Julius Pollux started Vestur í bláinn as an experimental music project, which combines voices of immigrants and refugees in Iceland with his own musical take on the subject. Claire Paugam and Julius Pollux then teamed up to expand the project into an art exhibition and elevate political concerns within a poetic perspective, encouraging a humanistic and empathetic look on people’s stories, situations, emotions and backgrounds.
Local artists were invited to engage in a dialogue with the music pieces by creating the ten artworks that are presented in this exhibition. The participating artists are ÚaVon, Hugo Llanes, Melanie Ubaldo, Bára Bjarnadóttir, Eva Bjarnadóttir, Ewa Marcinek, Claire Paugam and Julius Pollux Rothlaender. The exhibition will take place in ten different public locations, entrance free: Hlemmur, Nýlistasafnið, Harpa, Mjódd, Andrými, Vesturbæjarlaug, Bókasafn Gerðubergi, Ráðhúsið, Kaffi Laugalækur and the Reykjavik Art Museum, Hafnarhús.
Vestur í bláinn aims to be a space for voices, different languages and stories of people from diverse origins, that are rarely heard in the context of arts or the public in general.