In this exhibition at Gerðarsafn, Santiago Mostyn reflects the many roots he has in various countries, including Zimbabwe, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States as well as his current life in Sweden. Part of the gallery will be wallpapered in paper processed with cyanotype, an old photography technique that produces a beautiful blue color. On top of this wallpaper, a photo series will display photographs from the different countries he has lived, which in turn becomes a reflection of the artist’s identity.
In the same space, a video work, Drawing for Bellevue Estate, will be shown. The video was recorded on Tobago, the same island that Daniel Defoe used as inspiration for the story of Robinson Crusoe. In the video work, we watch four people cut their way through the rainforest, marking territory. Their mapping calls upon the methods used by colonial nations to appropriate land. It also includes the island’s largest silk tree, which is known in the legend of Gang-Gang Sarah where she climbs up the tree in an attempt to fly back to Africa. In the story, Gang-Gang Sarah was not able to fly, because she had eaten salt and lost her powers. The work, therefore, is a portrait of a landscape where stories of colonialism, slavery, legends, and personal experience meet.
Gerðarsafn Kópavogur Art Museum Hamraborg 4 Kópavogur, 200 Iceland