Sæmundur Þór Helgason
Sæmundur Þór Helgason, Group photo, 2014.
Sæmundur Þór Helgason (b. 1986).
In the past few years my work has developed into an infrastructural artistic practice. I have purposefully embedded my work into existing power structures and legal environments in order to gain political agency.
In 2017 I founded the interest group Félag Borgara (Fellowship of Citizens) with the aim of lobbying for Basic Income in Iceland. The interest group produces projects, in collaboration with agents in the cultural sector, on the basis that they can raise awareness of the financial- and cultural value of marginalized types labour.
Alongside the above mentioned activities, the interest group puts in question who and what is considered a citizen. We have broadened the notion of citizenship to non-human entities, such as spiders, mountains, roads and bots, bringing attention to the varieties of labour currently taking place and the multitude of inhabitants residing in a geographical jurisdiction. By doing so, we advocate for an all encompassing financial security, sustaining a demarcated whole.
Iceland has a small human population with a vast landscape and is therefore a good testing ground for an artwork which aims to enter a collective imagination and influence policy making. Rather than being a symbolic gesture the artwork aims to provide systemic change.
exhibition a) - Kling & Bang