Exhibition opening information

The exhibition will be open in August 2025, following a 3-year project funded by Creative Europe.
There will however be activities leading up to this point, shared in News, and our social media updates here Facebook

The exhibition will take place in one of the factory's tanks, and the special nature of the exhibition space gives great potential for interesting visual presentation. The exhibition will be in the top tank, while the other two tanks will continue to be used for art events. Reception will be in the space closest to the tank.
The exhibition will not only tell the story of the slaying of the Basques in 1615, but also delve into the background and culture of the two nations. The idea of the exhibition is to juxtapose these two nations together, to find common ground in their history and conditions from the eighth century to the present day.
The narrative will be divided into 3 time periods, from the colonization of Iceland until the events themselves, then we pause in 1615 when the battles take place and the perspective becomes narrower. Then the aftermath of the the slaying of the Basques is examined and the history of both nations is traced up to the present day.
In the first part of the exhibition, the two nations will be introduced, Basques and Icelanders. The background of the nations will be told and their history will be traced back to the slaying of the Basques in 1615.
In the second part of the exhibition, the setting is the slaying of the Basques in 1615. The events are traced linearly and individual characters are introduced. An attempt will be made to shed light on the fate and aftermath of the slaying of the Basques, both those who survived and those who were slayed. Possible reasons for the atrocities will also be scrutinized. There, the narrative would be more personal and the perspective narrower.
In the third part of the exhibition, the period from the slaying of the Basques to modern times will be discussed. What were the consequences of the slaying for both nations and how did their relations develop? We will try to answer these questions and more in this part of the exhibition.
The history of both nations up to modern times will be traced with the main focus on common interfaces, e.g. struggle for independence, the focus of both nations on the protection of their mother tongue, and not least the position of two small nations among the great nations of Europe.

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