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Union of the North

Matthew Barney + Valdimar Jóhannsson +
Erna Ómarsdóttir

Barbarous nuptials in an Icelandic shopping centre. Written by the world-renowned contemporary artist Matthew Barney, this is performative video of disturbing brutality.

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Matthew Barney (Reykjavík + New York) Iceland Dance Company

One of the most celebrated visual artists of his generation and the recipient of several international awards, Matthew Barney is an artist who works in sculpture, performance art, drawing and film.

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Valdimar Jóhannsson (Reykjavík + New York) Iceland Dance Company

Initially a sound engineer and then a composer and a musician, Valdimar Jóhannsson is a lighting designer, performer, dancer and filmmaker, according to his desires and the projects he is working on.

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Erna Ómarsdóttir (Reykjavík + New York) Iceland Dance Company

The choreographer and dancer Erna Ómarsdóttir is known as a performer for leading choreographers such as Jan Fabre, les ballets C de la B and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

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Media Coverage

“Bizarre, often darkly funny and extremely messy.”

Siobhan Murphy, The Times, 2017-08-22


“The imagery is surreal.”

Zoë Anderson, The Independent, 2017-08-21



“There’s the rich Nordic humour [ …] in this blithe resolve to boredom and suffering.”

Isobel Harbison, Frieze, 2017-08-22

“One of the most important experimental films the Icelandic national cinema has received in a long while.”

Björn Þór Vilhjálmsson, lecturer in film studies, University of Iceland