20 years of Skaftfell’s artist-in-residency program has resulted in 250 artists coming to Seyðisfjörður and to East Iceland. Some have left a physical trace behind, or a trace in someone’s memory. Some have returned many times, and some have stayed for good.
Birds of Passage presents a visual journey down memory lane from Skaftfell’s residency archive, and artwork by current artists-in-residence Hannimari Jokinen and Joe Sam-Essandoh, Jemila MacEwan, and Elena Mazzi in collaboration with Sara Tirelli.
On June 9 2018 a symposium brought Skaftfell’s former and present “art workers” and facilitators together with colleagues from similar residency programs in East Iceland, and invited them to share their thoughts and experiences regarding the art of hosting. The symposium discussed why it is locally and globally important to continue to support and develop artist residency programs, and to host artists from all over the world in remote regions such as East Iceland.