Summer Solstice at Galtarviti Lighthouse
For the third time Galtarviti Lighthouse in collaboration with Slíjm invites an artist to dwell at the lighthouse for the endless sunlight period.
With joy and honour we welcome artist Elizabeth Peyton to the lighthouse for an encounter with the energies at the end of the world.
Guests are invited to join for summer solstice June 21.
Galtarviti Lighthouse aims to create and sustain a remote residency for artists to process their work in the midst of natures stillness. Located on the outskirts of Iceland, the Westfjords’ lighthouse Galtarviti has inspired Icelandic musicians, artists and writers for years, as well as serving as a guiding light for the region’s fishermen.
The most remotely located lighthouse in Europe, surrounded by majestic mountains on one side and the often rough and unfriendly ocean on the other, Galtarviti can only be reached by a challenging boat ride from Sudureyri, or a 3 hour hike across mountains and through valleys, a place where elves and other mythical creatures supposedly call home. There’s no cell phone reception nor internet connection.
In 2003 the collaborative started offering artists to dwell at the lighthouse free of charge, for up to a month. This has evolved being the main activity of the collaborative – offering a residency for cultural activity in its widest sense, wanting to give the unique surroundings and value, into processes of creatives.
Till date around 100 creatives have worked on various projects at the lighthouse. Many of the projects have then been introduced in various settings, at art museums, in films, in music and more around the World.
In 2011 the first exhibition in the Lighthouse – Hljómur norðursins curated by Sara Riel and Lilja Birgisdóttir – was opened, showcasing works of 40 Icelandic artists. In 2012 artist Hrafnkell Sigurdsson accepted an invite from the residency, which turned into an exhibition of site specific works, opening for summer solstice. The following year artist Ragnar Kjartansson was welcomed by the lighthouse, his stay culminating in a salon show and concert on Midsummer Night 2013.
Slíjm sf. has no one defined role – nurturing and being nurtured, giving and receiving are at the core. Slíjm´s projects unfold in togetherness as Slíjm moves along, develops and matures. One could imagine that somewhere in the future it will have a geographical heart, or even what could be visualized as a vessel that flows in and out of areas – and seasons all.
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