August 13-Jan 5
33 W 60th St New York, NY
The Hafnarborg Museum invited me to produce work. I felt that I was done with the work around the volcano. I wanted to experience Hafnarfjörður, the port town I was living for a month, located on the southwest coast of Iceland, about 10 km south of Reykjavík. The town is one of the oldest fishing villages. There were a lot of Viking influences as well everywhere, including visual references such as drawings and paintings of symbols. I would take walks along the shore where the boats were anchored. One day I had a conversation with a museum employee, and she told me how fish skin is so historical and crucial for their economy. In fact there's an Icelandic Flag made of fish skins in their national museum. You know, resources in Iceland come very much from geothermal energy and the sea. I also came from a fishing village in Brazil. So it all made sense to me. So, I sourced fish skins. There are many tanneries spread around the Island. When I began working with the material, I was fascinated by the fact that I was dealing with what remained of a living creature.