Festive movie nights, abandoned art and reflection on Seyðisfjörður

Posted 23 December 2021

photo by

Guðmundur Óli Pálmason

It’s Þorláksmessa! And almost Christmas! But there is no slacking off in the Grapevine’s obsession with keeping our dear Reykvíkingar all grown during the holiday season. (And we managed to cross it without a single reference to the fermented skate.)

Yfirgefin list

  • Until January 30
  • Reykjavik Museum of Photography
  • More info here

Guðmundur Óli Pálmason – photo from Reykjavík Museum Of Photography

The abandoned farms of the Icelandic countryside have long attracted the attention of Reykjavík artist Guðmundur Óli Pálmason and have inspired his work. In his creations, the viewer encounters obscure fragments of the past, which Guðmundur captured using the ancient photographic methods in which he specializes. The title translates to “Abandoned Art,” and the exhibition is named because the artist leaves some of these works in rural areas – often where the photo was taken – for everyone to see. find them and own them. JP


Christmas parties at the cinema

  • December 23 and 26 and January 7
  • Bíó Paradise
  • More info here

Love, in fact! Die hard! And uh… Pulp Fiction! Rather than getting bogged down in the eternal argument over what constitutes a Christmas movie, smuggle a bottle of sherry into Bíó Paradís, buy some of their cute popcorn (because it’s Christmas and you are not mean), and party at these special holiday screenings. JP


When the rain comes we look at the mountains

  • In progress
  • The landslide project
  • Online event here

Sævar lost his sandblasting workshop due to the mudslide – photo Katja Goljat / Matjaž Rušt

On December 15, 2020, heavy rains in eastern Iceland caused a catastrophic mudslide that descended on the mountainside and hit the town of Seyðisfjörður. Miraculously, no one was hurt, but homes and businesses were destroyed, some of them literally swept away into the fjord. As the city recovered, Ströndin Studio, a photography center based in Seyðisfjörður, followed the stories of human resilience and recovery. With the support of the Seyðisfjörður Incentive Fund, they commissioned a series of portraits from photographers Katja Goljat and Matjaž Rušt to capture the effects of this disaster on the local population. To mark the anniversary, the series went live here, and organizers hope to host a print exhibition at some point. JP


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Christopher S. Washington