Debatable Lands / Óræð lönd is a recent publication on the art of Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir, IUA professor of Fine art, and Mark Wilson. The publication is presented in the context of two recent large scale exhibition of the artists; Debatable Lands: Dialogues from Shared Worlds, at Gerðarsafn – Kópavogur Art Museum, and Visitations at Akureyri Art Museum last fall, an exhibition for which the artists received the Icelandic Art Prize 2021.
The extensive book celebrates the twenty year collaboration of Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson, where related themes of human and human-othered encounters, habitat and displacement, conservation and postcolonial perspectives continue to be central to their work.
It containes articles by Mark Dion, Ross Birrell, Terike Haapoja and Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir. In their research-based practice the artists prompt discussion and thought about our changing world, and our own human role in those changes. Internationally recognised, Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson actively address specific, socio-environmental situations, where multiple human and non-human interests are in conflict or tension.
The book is published by Gerðarsafn – Kópavogur Art Museum and edited by Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir, curator and associate professor in Art History, Art Theory and Curatorial Studies at the University of Iceland. The publication is sponsored by Gerðarsafn, the Icelandic Visual Arts Fund, the IUA Publication Fund, the Icelandic Centre for Research and the Museum Council of Iceland.