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Rethinking nordic colonialism, March ­– November 2006

A painting-, flag-, and t-shirt installation in the Living Art Museum as well as two additional flag installations in downtown Reykjavik.

“Power in your hands” examined the conflict between corporate-led globalization and environment in postcolonial Iceland.  The project represented the agreement made between the Icelandic government and excutives from the American aluminum smelter company, Alcoa, to build a huge hydroelectric power plant in the Icelandic highland. Appropriating corporate marketing strategies, “Power in your hands” was a sharp indictment of the Icelandic government’s decision to sacrifice unique nature and democratic debate to accommodate transnational corporations. [Kuratorisk Aktion]power-in-your-hands2 power-in-your-hands3

 

 

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Island Bilder, Köln november 2005

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colonisation of Engey island

Cultural night of Reykjavik (Menningarnótt) – august 1999
Engey is an island only in a few kilometers distance from the harbour. Today nobody lives there except sea birds. On the cultural day of Reykjavik I decided to colonize Engey. The citizens  of Reykjavik – especially the few emigrants living there – were invited on a boat trip to the island. I took the role of a guide with a megaphone. On the island we did tai-chi exercises. Afterwards people were invited into a big tent, specially mounted for the occasion. Inside the tent an accordion player playing harbour music from all over the world; people could buy beverages from different countries and enjoy dance performances. The weather got rather bad that day so it turned out to be a real adventure. Everybody got back safe.

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