The Museum of Ghost Ruminants




bilingual (English and Icelandic)

On the 27thOctober 2009, a flock of feral sheep occupying a mountain for over three decades in Wesfjörds was herded up and dispatched immediately for slaughter. Despite numerous previous attempts at their capture, the animals had, a sustained presence existing by and large on a liminal periphery of human concern.

This book documents the art project by Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson, madein response to the events on Tálkni and leading to the exhibition Feral Attraction: The Museum of Ghost Ruminants (2016 & 2018).During the spring of 2010, the artists conducted fieldwork, in and around the mountain and interviews with those who were involved at each stage of the events leading to the eventual demise of the flock. In these pages, Snæbjörnsdóttir & Wilson unpick a complex layering of opinion and encounter – a warp and weft comprising animal worlding, bureaucratic imperatives, media sensation, archival data and emotional response to reveal the environmental and socio-political brew lying behind what is now an almost mythic, 21stCentury tale of uncertainty and loss.

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Dimensions 23.5 × 1.8 × 19 cm