The first conversation in the series Collaborations in Contemporary Art is to be streamed live on Friday, September 25th at 13:00 where Hanna Styrmisdóttir will meet with Claire Paugam and Julius Pollux. The stream will be accessible at

Collaborations in Contemporary Art is a series of conversations hosted by the Department of Fine Art at the Iceland University of the Arts in autumn 2020 between artists and artists‘ collectives and Hanna Styrmisdóttir, Professor of Curatorial Practice at the IUA. Artists will discuss their collaborative practices, their methods and processes, with specific examples of exhibitions or projects that highlight the many ways that collaborations happen in the expanded artistic field.

Claire and Julius are the curators and creators of the exhibition project Vestur í bláinn. Claire Paugam is a French artist living in Reykjavik (b.1991), her artworks have been exhibited in various institutions in Iceland and abroad. Claire is a board member of the Living Art Museum and received this year the Motivational Award 2020 from the Icelandic Art Prize for her powerful contribution to art this year.

Julius Pollux Rothlaender (b.1988, Lübeck, Germany) is a musician and composer based in Reykjavík. He is a member of the bands BSÍ, Laura Secord, Stormy Daniels and Vil. Alongside his band projects, he has created different compositions works for installations, performances, films and radio.

Vestur í bláinn’ is a multidisciplinary art project on immigration in Iceland, presenting a poetic and sensitive approach to notions of foreignness. Julius Pollux started ‘Vestur í bláinn’ as an experimental music project, which combines voices of immigrants and refugees in Iceland with his own musical take on the subject. Claire Paugam and Julius Pollux then teamed up to expand the project into an art exhibition and elevate political concerns within a poetic perspective, encouraging a humanistic and empathetic look on people’s stories, situations, emotions and backgrounds. Local artists were invited to engage in a dialogue with the music pieces by creating the ten artworks that are presented in this exhibition.


The exhibition takes place in ten public locations in Reykjavík from September 3rd to September 30th. Vestur í bláinn aims to be a space for voices, different languages and stories of people from diverse origins, that are rarely heard in the context of arts or the public in general.

Series schedule:

25 September: Claire Paugam and Julius Pollux
16 October: Magnús Pálsson
30 October: Lucky 3 – Melanie Ubaldo, Darrin Mark, Dýrfinna Benita Basalam
27 November: Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson

The series is organised by Páll Haukur Björnsson Programme Director at BA Fine Art, Sindri Leifsson, project manager at the Department of Fine Art and Hanna Styrmisdóttir.