Heima x Bolia
An Icelandic art collective
Ever since 2013, Heima, the Icelandic art collective, has been bringing together industry sectors, creative, passionate individuals and artists from a wide range of disciplines, to create a very special space. An artistic hybrid of genres, qualities and ideas. An art project and highly innovative art collective focusing on creativity, diversity and innovation. Together with Heima and Jonas Bang, we've created a captivating documentary on the spellbinding Icelandic town of Seyðisfjörður, and the personal stories of four women.
Bolia x Heima Art Residency x Jonas Bang
We are constantly on the lookout for new experiences and creative constellations. We collaborate with a wealth of different creative people who are constantly giving us new perspectives and ideas for the collection. We've joined forces with the Icelandic art collective Heima and Danish film director Jonas Bang to create a film on the town of Seyðisfjörður, nestling in the stunning, dramatic landscape around Iceland's eastern fjords. We learned of the personal, honest and moving stories of the four women over the phone. Jonas Bang has worked closely with cameraman Jason Idris Alami, creating a uniquely candid look into life at the end of the world. We talked to Jonas Bang on the creation of the documentary.
Directed by Jonas Bang
Filmed by Jason Idris Alami
Produced by Bolia & Heima Art Residency
Edited by Jonas Bang
Music by August Rosenbaum
We actually started out writing a full script for a fictional short film we wanted to film in Seyðisfjörður but after researching on the town we decided that it would be much more interesting not to script anything before going. We wanted to attempt to let our meeting with the place and the people guide what the film was going to be and not the other way around. We wanted to let our intuition guide us rather than our habitual ways and written rules about filmmaking and perception. The plan was no-plan which was both frightening and relieving. But that is how we entered the place and the film slowly emerged as a portrait of Seyðisfjörður.
Everyone we talked to were very warm and open to sharing their stories with us. We had a lot of conversations which didn’t make it in the final cut of the film but every one of them felt special. People are really straight forward and kind in Seyðisfjörður.
Two things come to mind that both relates to the culture of this particular little place. The first thing can be seen in small things like the fact that no one locks the doors to their houses and they often leave the keys in the car. I guess it is a kind of communal trust that I found very inspiring.
The other thing has to do with the openness of the people here towards newcomers and new initiatives. The group of people behind both Heima and the LungA School seems to be able to do what they do as a result of being welcomed into the community. It is both places and people like this that makes it possible for the art to run so freely on these latitudes.
Not many actually. The most surprising, and mostly amusing, issues had to do with sheeps and horses blocking the small mountain roads. And a swan that suddenly jumped in front of the car as we were driving down a mountain side late at night. It was close, but we managed to steer around it and it flew away over our heads.
Did the town hold a particular significance to the film?
It definitely does. The film is all about Seyðisfjörður. Not about small town communities in generel because Seyðisfjörður is too special to be a place considered in general. It’s a love letter of some kind.
Heima Art Residency is an independent non-profit organisation founded in 2013. It was initiated to provide a space where emerging artists across a variety of disciplines can live and work in close proximity, sharing energies and ideas.
The space is a 350 square meters living and studio space. It's located in Seyðisfjörður - East Iceland, a thriving port that is home to just 700 people and yet manages to support an art school, a cinema, a theatre, a museum, two art festivals, a film festival, an art residency and the Dieter Roth Academy.