Riot police guard the Parliment Building in Reykjavík during protests in January 2009.
Economy Collapses, Art Continues to be Made
Preparations are going well for Iceland’s participation in this year’s Venice Biennale with artist Ragnar Kjartansson and, already in May, the Reykjavík Arts Festival will include several visual arts projects in addition to concerts, theatre and other events. The pace of exhibitions in Reykjavík has barely slackened. Artists are also responding to, and even intervening in, the political and economic situation in various ways and as we hopefully move towards some kind of resolution to the crisis we will undoubtably see more of this new political art.
While the Icelandic banks and the boastful financial sector has proved unable to weather the storm, the art sector is proving more robust and continues to nourish the nation with thoughtful and challenging works and exhibitions. Perhaps that should be a lesson to us all as we set about rebuilding society.
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