In 2010 I came as an artist for the first time to the Nes Residency in Skagaströnd.
It was beginning of August and the start of a three month residency in that little fishing village at the end of the world. I was about to undertake an experience which would take me out of my comfort zone.
I was on a quest for space, nature, directness; a contrast from my Paris life which is garnished with long distances between places and people combined with high traffic, density, information and anonymity. During the first days the weather was dull and misty. The haze and whiteness of the sky hid the width of the ocean and the height of the mountains. In the polar summer night the traffic lights looked like glowing dandelions on light blue night sky. A few days later once the sky lifted to reveal a spectacular bright blue sky and unveiled a shimmering landscape. Skagaströnd’s hidden beauty was revealed.
The experience of the space below and above me, the connection between earth and sea as well the tension between closeness and distance changed me. The impact of this new world directly flew into my emotional and physical structure. Landscape was an immediacy, something to experience with all the senses and I got part of that landscape.
In 2012 I learned of the town archive and my interest as a photographer was deeply inspired by it. In quite a short time I could have an overview of the last hundred years of history of the town, not just its large moments but its intimate one’s as well.
The encounter with about seventy artists over the past 5 years and their work created on site evoked
the wish to create a unique voice of the past and present of Skagaströnd. This magazine is an iconographic assemblage with images of the archive and artworks and my tribute to this special place. The goal is to edit a review once a year or every 2 years.
Here is an appetizer of the content of the review.
Adolf H. Berndsen collection Tiana Tucker, Cliff Installation, 2014, nylon rope, stoneware (ceramic) red iron oxide
Dee Gibson, Ís, gelatine, digital still from video loop, 2013
Hreiður, Icelandic wool, 2013 (photocredit Renata De Bonis)
Björn Bergmann, sea ice in the Húna bay, 1963 or 1965
Birte Pederson, Untitled, digital photography, 2013 Unknown photographer, Gunnar Sveinsson
The Review will have 92 pages and is A4 size. It is printed by Svansprent in Reykjavík.