2015 | video | 11:30min.
Solitary Company (Silence) is a portrait of a remote island through the eyes of its inhabitants. This is the first episode of a triptych videowork shadowing the micro-community on Hrisey, a remote island on the north-coast of Iceland during the darkest months in winter when all is covered in snow and silence. During a month long residency on Hrisey I conducted interviews with three generations of locals about their personal connection to the island, the influence of living in such a small community off the mainland and their relationship to silence. Throughout the whole video we never get to see their individual faces, only their backs and gaze upon the island through their windows as though they are musing their reflections aloud and all alone. The island itself becomes an additional character, showing its empty landscape and silent presence. The circular frame stresses a visual isolation as well as the physical borders of the island, or maybe even the borders of the individual. Essentially the narrative reflects on the borders of solitude, silence and the inevitable connection to mortality.