Video by BAL Productions, produced by Monica Salazar, filmed & edited by Peter Cairns // June 8, 2018
For Hulda Rós Guðnadóttir the world is a community of people, including their surroundings and movements through time and space. She observes the patterns of daily life around the world, then brings what she sees into the studio and translates it into a practice that spans durational interventions in public space, film, photography, performance, installation and sculpture. Born in Reykjavík and based in Berlin, Guðnadóttir is currently completing a year-long residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien and her film ‘Keep Frozen: The Documentary’ (2016) is being screened at the Berlinische Galerie’s IBB Video Space.
‘Keep Frozen: The Documentary’ chronicles the lives of men who, in the span of 48 hours, unload 20,000 25-kilo crates of fish in Reykjavík’s harbor at minus 35 degrees Celsius. The documentary is part of the Keep Frozen research project (2010–16), which explored ports along the Atlantic coast from her hometown to Essaouria, Morocco and Red Hook, Brooklyn. We visited the artist in her studio to speak about the creation of ‘Keep Frozen: The Documentary’ and her practice at large.