Marianne Bjørnmyr

Edition of 75

The work Shadows/Echoes was conducted over a two-year period where the artist travelled around Iceland to research and record a system of beliefs where the existence of elves and fairies is not seen as marginal: 53% of Icelandic people either believe or do not deny their believes in elves. Through a rather ”naive” attempt to document the existence of the elves the artist collected photographs from the Reykjavik Photography Museum’s archive, testimonies from the National Museum of Iceland and transcribed conversations with clairvoyants, together with her own photographs of places with an assumed elf population. We see multiple clashes intertwined with the interpretation of this material: the presented images are in their own way confronting constructed realities, myths and confessions.

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