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Is there a common denominator in Icelandic art? How has the scene changed over the last decades? What does it mean to live, work and create as an artist on a remote island in the north Atlantic? How does such a tiny scene function? What are the highs and lows of living in a small art community? Why would a Paris-based artist decide to run an art space in a remote fishing village here? Why exactly is the scene so vibrant? And how does one deal with the lack of an art market? These are the kinds of questions we asked the artists, curators, gallerists, framers and collectors that we interviewed for this book in February, March, April and August of 2017.
We spoke to newbies and oldtimers, Icelanders and foreigners, and created this compendium of our in-depth conversations, a rich canon of different voices from inside the Icelandic art community. A selection of outdoor art pieces, museums and other arty discoveries around the island complete the mosaic.
The first of its kind, this book compiles the people, places, and projects defining the scene, which extends far beyond the country’s capital Reykjavík. We believe it paints a vivid and authentic picture of the island’s art scene today. Use it as a means to travel to Iceland from the coziness of your sofa, or take it with you on a trip to the island to visit the spaces and places you’ll find in its pages. If you do so, you’ll be welcomed with open arms, and no matter what time of the day (or night), with a strong cup of freshly brewed coffee.
With Hreinn Friðfinnsson, Ragnar Kjartansson, Rúrí, Richard Serra, Roni Horn, Steingrímur Eyfjörð, Kling & Bang, Harbinger, The Living Art Museum, Mengi, i8 Gallery, Akureyri Art Museum, Samúel Jónsson Museum, and many many more.

Behind the book

Sarah Schug, writer

Sarah (1980) is a Brussels-based German journalist who writes about art, culture, design and photography. Her work has been published in The Word Magazine, The Bulletin, H.O.M.E. Magazine, Previiew Journal, Crust Magazine, Tique Art Paper, and others. In 2014 she launched independent online magazine See you there, putting forward Belgium’s cultural scene, and curated the exhibition “No place like home” at Brussels Art Department.

Pauline Mikó, photographer

Pauline (1991) is a Belgian-Hungarian photographer and artist who graduated from La Cambre and KASK art school. She is based in Brussels, where she runs MIKO/MIKO STUDIO, specializing in art direction and photography. Pauline’s work has been exhibited, among others, by Rossi Contemporary and Blaa Galleri, and has been published by Capricious, The Future Positive, and others.

The book
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Km in rental cars


Minutes of interviews




We would like to thank

Gordon Delacroix, Leica Schug-Delacroix, Marianne Schenkenberger, Hans-Willi Schug, Marie-Thérèse Dal, Katalin Szilagyi, Françoise Van Cleemput, Imre Zsolt Mikó, Jean-Philippe Braam, Anna Schug, Serge Delacroix, Þorlákur Einarsson, Helgi Thorsson and his entire family, Guðlaug Mía Eyflórsdóttir, Roger Abela, Miles Fischler, Eva Giolo, István Laurinyecz, Hana Han, Bianca Bazant, Alex Waeyenbergh, Magali Toussaint, Detchenma Smeesters, Etienne and Florian Donnet, Axelle Chetty, Steinunn Marta Önnudóttir, Philip Neuber, Pieter Jan Valgaeren, þórdís Alda Sigurðardóttir, the Weicker family, Ria Van den Heijkant, Micha Pycke, Grace O’Connor, Derek Blyth, Nicholas Lewis, Lisa De Boeck, Matthew Eisman, Doreen Webel, Tanguy Haesevoets, Julie Van Kerckhoven, Caroline Wolewinski, Alexander Yacovelli, Nonni and Manni, Yves Joris & everyone we forgot for their support.