The French Hospital in Faskrudsfjordur.
The French hospital was awarded last week at the European Heritage Awards 2016. The European Commission and Europa Nostra revealed the winners of the 2016 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, Europe’s highest honour in the heritage field. The 28 laureates from 16 countries have been recognised for their exemplary achievements in conservation, research, dedicated service, and education, training and awareness-raising. Independent expert juries assessed a total of 187 applications, submitted by organisations and individuals from 36 countries across Europe, and selected the winners.
The house before reconstruction.
Gagarin produced two interactive tables presenting the French-Icelandic history and a living “memorial“ remembering the sailors who gave their lives in Icelandic waters.
The memorial wall honors the memory of the French fishermen who lost their lives in the perilous waters of the Icelandic sea. Photo: Jónína Óskarsdóttir
The installation shows the names of the French fishermen that died at sea which drift away under the perpetual motion of an abstract body of water. The names of the fishermen, displayed in golden letters, appear and disappear like memories from a faraway past. Their very essence is at the mercy of the rolling waves.
Gagarin produced two interactive tables presenting the French-Icelandic history. Photo: Jónína Óskarsdóttir