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´Vestur í bláinn´

music project and art exhibition

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Vestur í bláinn – music project & art exhibition – September 3rd till September 30th

‘Vestur í bláinn’ is a multidisciplinary art project about immigration in Iceland, presenting a poetic and sensitive approach to notions of foreignness.

The project’s music will be released on september 1st, the art exhibition will take place in ten public locations in Reykjavík from September 3rd to September 30th.

Julius Pollux started ‘Vestur í bláinn’ as an experimental music project, which combines voices of immigrants and refugees in Iceland with his own musical take on the subject.

Claire Paugam and Julius Pollux then teamed up to expand the project into an art exhibition and elevate political concerns within a poetic perspective, encouraging a humanistic and empathetic look on people’s stories, situations, emotions and backgrounds.

Local artists were invited to engage in a dialogue with the music pieces by creating the ten artworks that are presented in this exhibition.

The participating artists are ÚaVon, Hugo Llanes, Melanie Ubaldo, Bára Bjarnadóttir, Eva Bjarnadóttir, Ewa Marcinek, Claire Paugam and Julius Pollux Rothlaender.

The exhibition will take place in ten different public locations, entrance free: Hlemmur, Nýlistasafnið, Harpa, Mjódd, Andrými, Vesturbæjarlaug, Reykjavik City Library Gerðuberg, Ráðhúsið, Kaffi Laugalækur and the Reykjavik Art Museum, Hafnarhús.

Vestur í bláinn aims to be a space for voices, different languages and stories of people from diverse origins, that are rarely heard in the context of arts or the public in general.

Claire Paugam & Julius Pollux Rothlaender

Location • music piece • artist

  • Hlemmur • Tomasz • ÚaVon
  • Nýlistasafnið • Dušan • Claire Paugam & Julius Rothlaender
  • Harpa • Innocentia • Hugo Llanes
  • Mjódd • Fernanda • Melanie Ubaldo
  • Vesturbæjarlaug • Amir • Bára Bjarnadóttir
  • Reykjavik City Library Gerðuberg • Anna • Ewa Marcinek
  • Reykjavik Art Museum, Hafnarhús • Joshua • Eva Bjarnadóttir
  • Andrými • Adrian • Claire Paugam
  • Kaffi Laugalækur • Salóme & Björn • Ewa Marcinek
  • Ráðhúsið • Aleksey • Claire Paugam

Curators: Claire Paugam & Julius Pollux Rothlaender


  • September 1st: Release of the music project ‘Vestur í bláinn’ (Spotify, Itunes, Bandcamp, etc.)
  • September 3rd: Exhibition Opening
  • September 17th: talk at The Reykjavik City Library, Grófin
  • September 24th: Guided Bus Tour to all locations (registration on www.vesturiblainn.net)
  • October 2nd: Finissage & Concert, Mengi