Where the Land Rises

Where the Land Rises is an inquiry into the complex interrelations between mankind and nature set against the unpredictable terrain of the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago in southern Iceland. By investigating themes of absence and remembrance, I reflect on the cataclysmic volcanic eruption of Eldfell on the island of Heimaey in 1973, examining how this sudden trauma to the symbolic order of existence transformed both the island’s geography and the collective psyche of the people who dwell there; inhabitants who exist between a landscape gone and a landscape to come.