Dæja Hansdóttir on the West Wall

January 28 – March 30, West Wall, Skaftfell Bistro

Opening times: Mon/Thu/Fri 12:00-14:00 and 17:00-22:00; Tue/Wed 12:00-22:00; Sat/Sun 17:00-22:00

Dæja Hansdóttir (b.1991 Reykjavík) was raised in the United States by Icelandic and Honduran immigrants and now lives and works in Seyðisfjörður. Dæja is drawn to the aesthetics of formalized public temporal spaces for their potential to articulate an emotional rehearsal and allow us to rebel against the roles we are often playing behind the scenes and on stage. Her practice is centered around photography, but the horror of image making is turned into flesh with the viewer’s hand. Images and memory curl into objects or performances possessed by the exploration of mechanized gestures. Dæja’s work also explores the consequences of the mechanized male gaze in these temporal spaces, the history of photography and the narrative of landscape.

Dæja is currently the director of programming at Herðubíó, the only cinema in East Iceland. The theater continues to inspire her photographic work.