SANDRINE ELBERG - JÖKULL - THE MEMORY OF GLACIERS
Jökull —The Memory of Glaciers. On August 18, 2019, a commemorative monument was unveiled in Iceland in honor of Okjökull (officially decommissioned in 2014), the first glacier to disappear on the subarctic island. A letter to the future was erected on the site of the dead glacier, marking the first death of a glacier due to climate change in the world. On this golden letter plate, we can see the mention 415 ppm CO2, in reference to the record level of concentration of carbon dioxide recorded in the atmosphere in May, 2019. According to researchers and scientists, Iceland loses about eleven billion tonnes of ice each year. They fear the disappearance of 400 glaciers on the island in two hundred years if greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current rate.
Jökull is a tribute to the sublime, to the glaciers of Iceland with their faults, scars, swirls, moulins and crevices. Different points of view are shown under the moon and the starry skies of the island— an invitation to contemplation and dreaming. This artwork contributes poetically to the memory of glaciers, and awareness of their disappearance for future generations.
*Jökull = Glacier (translation from Icelandic)
Sandrine Elberg is a French visual artist and a photographer. Elberg establishes a poetic relationship between the myth and iconography of the cosmos and its elements, where true and false aspects intertwine. Influenced by the Surrealists, she experiments with the consistency of the photographic medium, expanding its technical and aesthetic possibilities. Her attraction to distant journeys invites us into projects inspired by the stories of Jules Verne “Journey to the Center of the Earth” & “From Earth to Moon”. Elberg is in search of territories and hostile climates to create lunar photographs born from our collective imagination.