Winter View of the Windmill in Vigur, Ísafjarðardjúp, Iceland

Portable installation Museo Lázaro Galdiano, Madrid 2022 Part of Isidro Lopez-Aparicio’s exhibition “Germinar Sin Fin” 4 February – 24th April 2022

Emilia Telese’s work Winter View of the windmill in Vigur, Ísafjarðardjúp, Iceland was made in response to Antonio Diziani’s “Paesaggio con mulino” (“Landscape with Windmill”)(1750-1790) Museo Lázaro Galdiano inventory number 03471.

Vigur is an island of the Ísafjarðardjúp fjord in the Westfjords of Iceland, just south of the Arctic Circle. Vigur windmill, built in c. 1840, is the only surviving historic windmill in Iceland and possibly the northernmost windmill in the world. Emilia Telese created the installation over winter 2022 between her studio in Iceland and her travels to Italy. Working with British polar explorer Felicity Aston, one of the very few permanent residents of Vigur, Telese responded to Antonio Diziani’s painting by offering an interpretation of its colours, composition and meaning with an Icelandic counterpoint seen from the point of view of an Italian immigrant to Iceland.

The work makes use of painting, photography, silk and handmade paper from a paper mill in Amalfi, part of Emilia Telese’s family heritage and an echo of the Vigur windmill. The posting of the artwork, including folding and preparing its parts for postage from Italy and Iceland to its museum destination in Spain are part of the installation.

The piece is part of “Germinar Sin Fin”, an anthological exhibition of work by Isidro Lopez Aparicio at the Museo Lázaro Galdiano in Madrid, taking place until the 24th April. Commissioned by Montse Badia, with support from Ministerio de Cultura Y Deporte and Subdireccion de Museos Estatales. Within this exhibition, Lopez Aparicio has invited eight female artists to dialogue with an object from never been exhibited before in the museum. Artists invited were Emilia Telese, Luz Lizarazo, Gao Yuan, Suha Shoma, Samshia Hassini, Elizabeth Ross, Núria Güell and Lara Almarcegui.