The title of exhibition is a quote from a poem Alley in the depths of time by polish poet Kazimierz Wierzyński - one of many Polish artists that emigrated after rise of II World War. In his poetry immigration was a leitmotif and often he spoken in many metaphors about longing, being divided between place where he is from and where he lives. Title - sentence from the poem can be a trope of nomadic or not individuals that are like islands - with their own stories and emotions dwell in vastness of people, places, societies, cultures.
This exhibition is be a part of Hidden People project that is promoting creative immigrants and putting new impact into discussion about immigration / migration and would be presenting points of view not only artists of foreign origins living in Iceland but also Icelanders. Iceland haven’t seen such a mass immigration in their history and society from almost homogenous became a multicultural in less than 20 years. Over 10% of society nowadays in Iceland is of foreign origins and numbers are growing. The composition of the Icelandic nation is clearly changing and will continue to change. It is a country positively geared to foreigners which might be a reason that over 10% of Icelandic society have been born in other country. It is likely that the Land of Ice in the near future will become a nation of immigrants. The biggest minority are Poles, then are Lithuanians and after Filipinos. The main factors attracting immigrants are relatively high wages and considerable demand and availability of labor, even in the absence of experience and knowledge. The island is famous primarily for its artistic side-lives here a large percentage of artists who deal with art in its broadest sense. Such a situation bring hopes but also fears from both sides - this exhibition can help to name them and show them in form of art. Can be also a personal point of view in case of migration. The purpose of show is to create a form of an art comment on current social situation in Iceland and build dialog between locals and new comers.
Photo by Olga Urbanek