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Joe Granato

This is an Island and Therefore Unreal


Degree | BFA, Graphic Design, 2013
School | The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA


This is an Island

This is an Island

This is an Island

This is an Island

This is an Island

This is an Island

This is an Island

This is an Island

Artist's Statement

In 2014 Joe Granato and Chris Schoonover spent a week in Reykjavik, Iceland reading up on the historic symbolism of Icelandic landscape, driving the early spring icy backroads, absorbing local stories and legends, photographing and writing. This is an Island and Therefore Unreal is a documentation of the outsider's progressively realized inability to speak of Iceland without speaking in metaphors. Appropriated scholarly resources touch on themes of globalization, environmental symbolism, the misinterpretation of landscape, construction of cultural identity, and the history of romanticism throughout the North Atlantic. The title is a sarcasm loaded re-appropriation of a quote from the 1937 Letters from Iceland.

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