The observance of short days
3.2.2015 | 19:00 | Listhus Gallery
Exhibition: 4-10.2.2015 | 17:00-20:00
By Nastasya Tay & Yiannis Hadjiaslanis
There is a town in Northern Iceland – nestled between tunnels, black mountains and a listless tide – where, during skammdegi, you never see the sun. Midwinter brings its shortest days to Ólafsfjörður and its 800 inhabitants.
It is a place of silent snow and crestless sunrises, pastel restraint and near-endless nights, where darkness creeps into the brightest of spaces and lives.
The observance of short days offers glimpses of existence in this intersection of light and dark – in still photographs, words and audio soundscapes – from public locations to the most intimate spaces, a study of life during skammdegi, its celebrations and struggles.
Nastasya Tay is a writer and multimedia journalist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. (nastasyatay.com)
Yiannis Hadjiaslanis is an art photographer based in Athens, Greece. (hadjiaslanis.com)
Together, they form the extra-ordinary, a creative collaboration that seeks to change the lens through which people see the spaces and lives around them, where documentary meets art in the seeming everyday. (www.theextra-ordinary.com)