Calm jan.2010 The Icelandic Printmakers Association

The collapse is a reality, the recession permanent, and judgement has not yet been passed. The mindset of the nation is reflected in the city during a few sunny days in January. There is calm, tranquillity, the sun appears around noon and casts its light across the city, its rays shine on the windows of the tower, draw our attention to a patch of mud and plastic bag stuck in the naked branches of a fragile tree in the city’s midst. The garbage is ubiquitous. We see it when the light comes. Like the tower that casts its shadows across the cityscape. It’s hard to pretend it’s not there. The city is beautiful in its ugliness. The frost and sun highlight facial features and traces of wondrous stories about splendid times, ambitious undertakings and broken dreams.

Bára Kristinsdóttir’s photographs reveal the mood of a nation that lived in a kind of vacuum for a few days in January 2010. The city’s residents held their breaths as they went about their business with composure and tenacity. The nation was at a crossroads. It cast around in confusion, not yet fully realizing where it had come from, nor where it was gong. The collapse was a fact; the future uncertain.

Sigrún Sigurðardóttir

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Salur Íslenskrar grafíkur Stilla
2010 archival inkjet 73cm x 59cm
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Salur Íslenskrar grafíkur Stilla
2010 archival inkjet 73cm x 59cm
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Salur Íslenskrar grafíkur Stilla
2010 archival inkjet 73cm x 59cm
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Salur Íslenskrar grafíkur Stilla
2010 archival inkjet 73cm x 59cm
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Salur Íslenskrar grafíkur Stilla
2010 archival inkjet 73cm x 59cm
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Salur Íslenskrar grafíkur Stilla
2010 archival inkjet 73cm x 59cm
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Salur Íslenskrar grafíkur Stilla
2010 archival inkjet 73cm x 59cm
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Salur Íslenskrar grafíkur Stilla
2010 archival inkjet 73cm x 59cm
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Salur Íslenskrar grafíkur Stilla
2010 archival inkjet 73cm x 59cm
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Salur Íslenskrar grafíkur Stilla
2010 archival inkjet 73cm x 59cm