Pillow Talk – Reykjavík Arts Festival

Pillow Talk is an exhibition/performace by Sonja Kovačević and can be visited at the Nordic House on the following days of Reykjavík Arts Festival:

7th June, 17:00-20:00
8th June, 10:00-20:00
9th June, 10:00-18:00

Pillow Talk works as a listening device set to engage the public with the lives of asylum seekers and refugees in Iceland. The setup is simple: several emergency beds from the Red Cross, that serve as beds for asylum seekers in Iceland, are travelling the city. They are equipped with speakers and are broadcasting an array of stories. The audience is invited to lie down and listen. The stories have been carefully edited to give an insight into the person portrayed and are looking to find new ways of engaging with the ‘story of a refugee’. Through lying down in the bed, shifting their bodies and having the sensory stimulation the audience is invited to experience a new way of connectedness to the topic.

Sonja Kovačević is an Austrian theatre-maker based in Iceland. An interest in exploring current topics and creating a theatre that bridges the gap between theory and practice lace her projects. This often leads to works with marginalized groups in society.

 The performance takes place in The Nordic House Auditorium – Free entrance. 



Reykjavik Arts Festival worked closely with the Red Cross and The Nordic House for a programme of context :

Anssi Pulkkinen Artist Talk : 5 June at 5 PM at the Nordic House
Musical Journeys : 5 June at 9 PM in Festival Hub
Pillow Talk peformances : 7 June 5-8 PM / 8 June 10 AM-8 PM / 9 June 10 AM-6 PM at the Nordic House
Story Circle: 10 June at 2 PM in Nordic House
The Right to Home Seminar : 12 June at 5 PM in Festival Hub
Arabic Foodfest : 16 June at 6 PM in Nordic House
Arabian Night : 16 June at 9 PM in Festival Hub