Who Do You Want Me to Be?
A group of ten artists were permitted to use an unoccupied, former fish warehouse in the harbor of Husavik, an Icelandic fishing village. There, they worked on a variety of artistic projects involving the local community, and they debated whether or not to stage an exhibition. Though acutely aware of viewers’ expectations for a “finished” show, the artists instead opened their doors to the public in a state of incompleteness.
Work in progress, like the artist-local relationships.
ThoughtsTackling the concept of an art exhibition, participating artists reconsidered the premise of an opening.
Rather than contributing a finished art work, curating a show, or even completing their projects (they were as diverse as one artist who researched an image found in the former fish factory or another who negotiated an exchange of chairs for a drawing of their chairs with local residents), the group simply chose a time and invited viewers inside.
The end result was a happening dependent on interactions—attendees were prompted to engage with the artists about their works in progress.
InformationThe project took place from April 25, 2013 to May 25, 2013 in Husavik (Iceland).