Wall Poetry in Reykjavik
Artist CARATOES S in collaboration with Icelandic band YLJA on Laugavegur 23 Mbl.is/ Eggert Jóhannesson
This year, the Iceland Airwaves music festival collaborated with Urban Nation Berlin in getting a number of artists to do murals on several city walls. The project, called Wall Poetry aims to connect creative minds all over the world with one another.
In an announcement on the Iceland Airwaves website it says that the curator, Yasha Young of Urban Nation Berling wanted to encourage artistic and creative exchange far beyond the inside of a gallery or the recording studio. “The goal was to take the invisible creative process when a painter listens to a record while painting or a musician sees a certain painting or art installation and wants to incorporate the emotional experience and inspiration in her or his songs and connect this process between the two on a very special collaborative platform.”
Iceland Airwaves under the curatorial lead of Henny María Frímannsdottir invited musicians from the line up of Iceland Airwaves 2015 to connect with a group of international street artists that Yasha Young, Director of Urban Nation Berlin curated as collaborative partners.
These two groups got the task to transform city walls of Reykjavík into canvases for art. After a careful selection the artists were connected with each other in pairs. The musicians were asked to provide the street artists with a song, lyrics or poetry especially chosen or written for this project and the visual artists were provided with a city wall as surface for the large scale work by curators Frímannsdóttir and Young.
Some of the murals are already complete and others are underway, in time for Iceland Airwaves which kicks off on November 4th.