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The observance of short days

By Nastasya Tay & Yiannis Hadjiaslanis

Opening reception: 3 February 2015 | 19:00 | Listhus Gallery

4-10 February 2015| 17:00-20:00

There is a town in Northern Iceland - nestled between tunnels, black mountains and a listless tide - where, during skammdegi, you never see the sun. Midwinter brings its shortest days to Ólafsfjörður and its 800 inhabitants.

It is a place of silent snow and crestless sunrises, pastel restraint and near-endless nights, where darkness creeps into the brightest of spaces and lives.

The observance of short days offers glimpses of existence in this intersection of light and dark - in still photographs, words and audio soundscapes - from public locations to the most intimate spaces, a study of life during skammdegi, its celebrations and struggles.

Nastasya Tay is a writer and multimedia journalist based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Yiannis Hadjiaslanis is an art photographer based in Athens, Greece.

Together, they form the extra-ordinary, a creative collaboration that seeks to change the lens through which people see the spaces and lives around them, where documentary meets art in the seeming everyday. (

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