Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Icelandic Love Corporation, Dynasty, 2007 (detail)
Icelandic Love Corporation, Dynasty, 2007 (detail)
2008 Public Installation

Group Exhibition
Dynasty

May 1–31, 2008
Toronto Pearson International Airport
Hwy 401 and Hwy 427
Artists Jóní Jónsdóttir
Icelandic Love Corporation
Eirún Sigurdardóttir)
(Sigrún Hrólfsdóttir

In the vast, barren landscape of the Icelandic
Highlands, three socialites dressed in their best
furs and jewels enjoy a rustic vacation. They
fish, hunt, play the guitar by the fire and make
the most of their excursion to the rare coldness
of one of the world’s last remaining snow caps.
Dynasty, a documented performance, imagines a
world where climate change has made cold weather a
distant memory. It depicts a time when the
discomforts of cold have been forgotten and only
nostalgia for winter remains.


The Icelandic Love Corporation (ILC) is a
collaborative group of three female artists who
are known for their irreverent spirit. Presented
within the context of the Toronto Pearson’s
Terminal 1, Dynasty highlights the connection
between commercial air travel, carbon emissions
and climate change. These wealthy women, portrayed
by the ILC, have the privilege of escaping the
sweltering heat and playing at wilderness
self-sufficiency, but not before getting their
long-missed furs out of storage and having their
nails done. The power station in the distance is a
reminder of the past, when nature was harnessed to
provide electricity and people were not purely at
the mercy of the climate. The fact that there is
nothing futuristic about the scene implies that
such a world might not be too far off, although
the exuberance and humour that characterizes much
of the ILC’s work leaves room for the hope that
this is not inevitable.


Many of us share the ILC’s desire for escape
through travel to exotic locales. However, the
global side effects of these travels, along with
other daily activities, must be considered now in
order to avoid the world where Dynasty is the reality.


The Icelandic Love Corporation was formed in 1996.
Currently based in Reykjavik, they have exhibited
widely, including in 2007 a 10-year retrospective
at the Reykjavik Art Museum; Envisioning Change by
the Natural World Musuem at BOZAR Centre for Fine
Arts, Brussels; and The Believers at MassMocca,
Massachusetts.


Presented in partnership with No.9: Contemporary Art and the
Environment.

Curated by Catherine Dean

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