The autumn winds are up and they’ve brought with them the year’s third issue of Iceland Review. With the words “Pipe Dreams” emblazoned across the cover, this issue promises tales from a little island that dares to think big.
This issue presents a brand new section for up-and-coming movers and shakers, entitled “Petri Nation.” The section showcases five individuals or groups that might not have achieved international or even national renown yet, but who are shining stars that promise great things to come.
In keeping with this exploration of the Icelanders’ indomitable creative zest, Eliza Reid takes a look at the phenomenon of útrás, or “outvasion” as she calls it – whereby Icelandic artists and entrepreneurs export ideas abroad to great acclaim.
Intrepid adventurer Jonas Moody spends an eye-opening day on the road with one of a growing number of female truckers, or “Big Rig Chicks.” A male-dominated world, more and more women have taken to the open road and it’s setting a new trend.
Freelancer Greg Bocquet goes underground to speak with Iceland’s destitute in his investigation of the little-acknowledged but growing problem of homelessness in Reykjavík.
With the spirit of defiance very much to the fore in this issue, Tobias Munthe explores Icelandic Kling & Bang Galley’s madcap plan to demolish one of Reykjavík’s landmark bars and rebuild it for the prestigious Frieze Art Fair in London.
Interviewees include “The King of Icelandic Pop” Páll Óskar Hjálmtýsson, Channel-swimming, thrill-seeking baker Benedikt Hjartarsson and impresario extraordinaire and new artistic director of the Reykjavík City Theatre, Magnús Geir Thórdarson.
Also in this issue, a preview of the Reykjavík International Filmfest and the tenth annual Airwaves Music Festival, a photographic expedition of East Iceland and India, Reykjavík City Hall’s changing fortune, Icelandic street fashion on the net, an interview with puckish singer/songwriter Ólöf Arnalds and Páll Stefánsson’s photographic study of ice.
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