I quickly realized the way to meet more Skagaströnd locals was by spending more time in the hot tub. Hot tubs really are a quintessential Icelandic social space to experience - people do come here to relax, gossip and even do business meetings.
— Keg de Souza

keg de souza | skagastrond

Taking the Icelandic hot tub ritual as a space created for in depth conversation linking participants back to local knowledge labour, economics and community, both past and present, and fish (or more specifically, the fishing history) Keg de Souza will re-map the cultural, historical and political spaces of the Skagastrond community in Iceland on through a new installation work for spaced 3: north by southeast

About the artist

Keg de Souza works with mediums such as inflatable architecture, food, film, mapping and dialogical projects to explore the politics of space.  This investigation of social and spatial environments is influenced by her formal training in architecture and experiences of radical spaces through squatting and organising. She creates site and situation specific pedagogical projects to foster new relationships with people that emphasise exchange.

Recent exhibitions include; the 5th Auckland Triennial, 15th Jakarta Biennale and Vertical Villages at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney (all 2013), Temporality in Architecture, Food and Communities, Delfina Foundation, London; Temporary Spaces, Edible Places, Atlas Arts, Isle of Skye, Scotland and If There’s Something Strange In Your Neighbourhood… Ratmakan Kampung, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (all 2014). If There’s Something Strange In Your Neighbourhood… Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore & Alaska Projects, Sydney; Temporary Spaces, Edible Places: Vancouver and Preservation; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; and Temporary Spaces, Edible Places: New York, AC Institute, New York (all 2015).

About the host partner

The Nes Artist Residency was founded in March 2008 in Skagaströnd, a small town in North West Iceland. Nes is one of the largest residencies in Iceland, providing opportunities for international and artistic exchange. Due to the intimate relationship between Nes and the community of Skagaströnd, Nes also places an emphasis on community engagement and collaborative practices.

Skagaströnd “Peninsula-Beach” is a small village of 508 inhabitants in rural Iceland. The town is surrounded by vast fields and farmlands, and is well known for textiles, and animals products such as fish, leather, duck down, sheep skins, reindeer hides and wool. 

Images: Tropical Thunder, 2013, Inflatable architecture constructed from plastic tablecloths, blowers, local soft drink bottles, perspex, plastic flowers, risograph printed map edition. Courtesy the artist and Auckland Triennial; Skagaströnd, Iceland research images, 2017. Courtesy the artist.