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Áslaug Íris Katrín Friðjónsdóttir: Heritage

5 March, 202227 March, 2022

On a day like any other I make myself a sandwich where generations blend together in the mayo and different periods of human history lie stacked on top of each other. A slice of turkey, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese. I take a bite and think of my foremothers and forefathers, relocation, Europe and immigrants. About vegetation, earth and fossils, the arts and the history of mankind.



I was born with a silk ribbon in hand

which I grabbed on my way through the birth canal

and immediately grasped

that it was to be my anchor in life

silk ribbon on a spool

that every woman on my mother’s side has received


and then passed on

it is best to close your eyes and look with your fingers

in order to untangle the knots

-Áslaug Íris Katrín Friðjónsdóttir

Translated by Hólmar Hólm


5 March, 2022
27 March, 2022
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Hjartartorg, Laugavegur 21
Reykjavík, 101 Iceland
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