55 Ways to Pronounce the Word Siglufjörður
“55 Ways to Pronounce the Word Siglufjörður”, by Lefteris Yakoumakis, is a collection of drawings and short stories inspired by life in northern Iceland. In this book, the artist has gathered 55 drawings which he created while living in and inspired by the tiny town of Siglufjörður, where he spent seven months working at a fishery. The concept behind the drawings in question is explored in a narrative way in the short texts that accompany the artwork. Starting from everyday life in Siglufjörður, the work at the fishery, the local myths and legends and the beauty of Icelandic nature, the painter ends up contemplating identity issues, the consequences of the over-exploitation of natural resources, the boom of the tourist industry, the onslaught of the capitalist machine.
This is a book with unusual features, created under unusual circumstances. The texts are in Icelandic and Greek. At the beginning of every chapter, however, you'll find a QR code that allows the English speaking reader to read the English version online, by scanning the code with a smart-phone or tablet. The book's publication was funded by its audience, thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign that run on indiegogo.com (from June to July 2014), proving the love of a small but faithful audience, in both Greece and Iceland.
“55 Ways to Pronounce the Word Siglufjörður” aspires to balance between art-book and travel literature. It's a foreigner's close and personal look at a place far away from home.
Writer: Lefteris Yakoumakis
Icelandic translation: Robert Viðarsson
Publication: September 2014, Anagramma Publications
Pages: 88 (17 x 24 cm)