Sunday, 30 January 2011

Julia Staples: Free Market Iceland

My friend Julia Staples is a photographer living in Iceland and last year she created an exhibition called "Free Market".

In the last decade Iceland experienced a massive amount of economic growth (now realised to be false) which sported a massive housing boom in Reykjavik and the outlying areas. Often these were hulking, brutal buildings that seemed at odds with the surrounding environment.

Then we had the economic crash of 2008, which caused numerous house building companies to go bust, leaving large half-finished estates all over Reykjavik. Often away from the eyes of tourists, a large number of houses to this day still haven't been completed....

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