by Andrey Kozakov
Medium: Mixed media: Icelandic Sheepskin, and other materials
14-15.02.2019 | Menntaskólinn á Tröllaskaga (Ægisgata 13)
16-17.02.2019 | Björgunarsveitin Tindur (Námuvegur 2)
Winter darkness creates a mood that feels like a dream state. In the low light, and
the quiet, the imagination takes over. Across ancient Europe, people gathered
together and told stories in the darkness. The landscape of dark woods, lonely
villages and long winters, contributed to shared stories of gods, spirits, and
elders, that could transform, enchant, help or harm.
The Damavoi is a spirit that haunts the forests and homes of Eastern Europe in
deepest winter, but is celebrated and vanquished in the Spring, with festivals,
parades, and dancing. This costume, made from Icelandic sheepskin, explores
the idea of the Damavoi, and connects the ancient legend with the cultures and
myths of Iceland.