West into the Blue, all over Reykjavík
The theme of Vestur í bláinn is immigration and emigration in Iceland, and aims to explore notions of ‘foreignness’. The project was started by Julius Pollux as an experimental music project. Julius was later joined by artist Claire Paugam and the pair decided to expand the project into an art exhibition “encouraging a humanistic and empathetic look on people’s stories, situations, emotions and backgrounds”.
All over town
Finally, local artists were invited to engage with the music and create ten artworks for the exhibition. These pieces are currently on display at ten different public locations in Reykjavík. They can be found at Andrými, Gerðuberg library, Harpa, Hlemmur, Kaffi Laugalækur, Mjódd, Nýlistasafnið, Reykjavík Art Museum Hafnarhús, Reykjavík City Hall (Ráðhúsið), and at Vesturbæjarlaug. They will remain in place until the end of September. A guided coach tour of all the locations is planned for 24th September.
Before that, the artists will present and discuss their work in an open forum at Reykjavík City Library Grófin, in the city centre, at 17.00 this afternoon. The event is free but pre-registration is necessary online due to COVID restrictions.