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Nov 30, 2018 - Mar 31, 2019


A visual conversation, EyeSound is a correspondence in images and words between Danish visual artists Iben West and Else Ploug Isaksen and four Icelandic authors. Playful and through provoking, the photographs do not illustrate the words, and the words do not explain the photographs. Instead, both artforms seek to build a conversation, working together or against one another to inspire viewer contemplation and consideration.

An artist talk with Iben West and Else Ploug Isaksen will take place on Friday, November 30 at 12pm.

From the artists:

Iben West and Else Ploug Isaksen

Sigurbjörg Þrastardóttir
Kristín Ómarsdóttir
Hallgrimur Helgason Einar
Már Guðmundsson

The exhibition Eyesound shows a continuous flow and narration in text and images.

The photographs are combined two and two - one of each artist. The photographs should not be seen as illustrations to the words, and the texts are not explanations of the photographs. It is a conversation. The texts and the pictures support each other / or work against each other.

The authors, who were invited to the project by Iben West and Else Ploug Isaksen, initially received two photographs –composed of one from each of the artists. The authors answered back with shorter pieces of texts, and the artists responded with new sets of photographs and vice versa.

A large part of the exchange took place during a residency stay in Akureyri, August 2017 in the Northern Iceland. During their stay, the artists photographed and edited the photographs and related to the texts they received from the authors – approx. ten dialogue shifts from each of the authors.

The result was shown in The National Museum of Iceland, Reykjavik from June – September 2018. In Seattle at the Nordic Museum we will see an extract of the exhibition made for The National Museum of Iceland.