Harbour View



This project was held during the Samband Íslenskra Myndlistarmanna Residency Program in Reykjavík (Iceland)




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Harbor View was a project held during the Samband Íslenskra Myndlistarmanna Residency Program in Reykjavík (Iceland). The harbour region of the Icelandic capital served as a platform for this project by mapping pre-determined locations and pictorially represented during the period of residence. The resulting installation was selected the following year in Belém (Pará / Brazil) at the III Contemporary Diary of Photography Award.


"... The artist chooses initially a distant view of a distant country, a satellite view over the port area of ​​Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, from the Panoramio site, which allows geographical location. but there are at least two important elements that guide the poetics of work: one is the plastic reconstruction, personal of a place from a map of data available in a network of sharing, the other is a process of knowledge, closer approximation of a distant place that is remapped with photography, painting and object. The harbour image seen by satellite suggests to the artist an approximation of that place, whose landscapes and elements will be photographed and painted for the conception of a new map marked now by the presence of the artist in the landscape. It is redesigned a labyrinth of small screens, satellite images, photographs made by the artist, red markers and wires linking the images. In these routes suggested by Hurpia, the materiality of the work invents a place of continuous search for the recognition of the other, place now shared by the spectator. It remains the action of distance and approach of the 'other', of the foreign land, of the landscape.

* Excerpt from the text by Mariano Klautau Filho for the catalogue of III Prêmio Diário Contemporâneo de Fotografia, in Belém (Brazil).

Harbour View
| 2012

Partial view of studio practice in

Seljavegur Residence (Reykjavík)


Harbour View | 2012


Installation view

Oil on canvas, mineral pigment on paper, sewing thread, panel tacks,

map printed on paper and cork sheet

Approx. 145 x 215 cm





Fieldwork | choosing locations for the project

Harbour area (Reykjavík)





Studio practice in Seljavegur

Residence (Reykjavík)




Presentations during the Residency Programme

SÌM House / Samband Íslenskra Myndlistarmanna (Reykjavík)




Harbour view from the studio in Seljavegur

Residence (Reykjavík)




Exhibition flyer at SIM House Gallery / Samband Íslenskra Myndlistarmanna (Reykjavík)

[Photo: Pedro Hurpia]