Hversdagssafn – Museum of everyday life is located in the center of Ísafjörður in the Westfjords of Iceland. It has the main purpose of investigating the mundane and the common, finding the poetry that comes forward when no one is looking.
The installations echo local voices, memories and story fragments – nostalgic, humorous and thought provoking – curated in various interactive ways. The installations are local, as they give a glimpse into the daily life of the people in the Westfjords. But at the same time, they are universal, touching shared topics of all human beings.
Everyday life is a little bit like dark matter. It is what happens in between significant moments in life and holds everything together. It is meeting friends, having dinner, yelling at children, being yelled at, sulking, laughing and so on. And so on. It is walking from one place to the next. It is going to work. It is staying at home. It is worrying and washing dishes. It is both random and routine.