For the past year Gudrun has been researching how censorship has affected artists and their work today and throughout history. Diving into the subject of direct censorship, the censorship of oppressing governments and dictators, artists in exile, soft censorship and self censorship took her back to ancient Greece and one of the oldest cases of censorship - the prosecution and death of Socrates.
Socrates has become renowned for his contribution to the field of ethics. His philosophies talk about knowing one self and thinking for one self.
"In my final work I will try bringing Socrates and his philosophies back to live. I will mold his body with soil and grow poison hemlock, the highly poisonous plant that killed him, in him. I will invite philosophers to water him while talking about Socrates. This will be open to the public."
Gudrun Isaksdottir (b. 1989) finished BA in Visual Arts from the Iceland Academy of the arts in 2014. She makes performative sculptures related to, what she calls, (visual) political poetry. She is a writer and will publish her first book in the Fall of 2017. Gudrun lives and works in Reykjavik, Iceland.
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