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Icelandic window (Covid-19 project)

Since the Renaissance, the window has been a useful metaphor for painters, who imagined the surface of the canvas as a window through which they saw the story to be told. Windows, physical or virtual, are often our gateway to parallel universes. The lockdown caused by Covid-19 has only accentuated this situation by forcing people from all over the world into confinement. Creating an even deeper space between what is inside and what is outside. Worlds through which to watch life continue to pass.

Icelandic health officials have used voluntary home-based quarantines for all residents returning from defined high-risk areas and for all the people suspected to be in contact with infected people. A large part of Iceland’s small population has been in quarantine.
In Icelandic culture, the windows are meticulously decorated like small open-air galleries. Since a ban on public gatherings took effect, Icelandic have placed teddy bears and other stuffed animals to the delight of passers-by to allow children, who are walking with their parents, to search for teddy bears in windows and count the ones they see.

Nevertheless, at the same time, windows in Iceland protect the privacy of those who live inside them with extreme caution. They are made of dark glass and you rarely get a glimpse of its residents. Living during this period in Iceland and having the chance to take long solitary walks, I tried to turn this vision, investigating from the outside into the inside, showing the surface of these worlds that hide micro-stories and traces of this difficult period.

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Giuseppe Santagata

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Icelandic window (Covid-19 project)

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April - May

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