On a wall at home we have photograph by the French performance artist Orlan. It is a souvenir from 2007 when the husband spent a year at the Getty Research Institute in California, and Orlan was another of the resident scholars -- and this was Orlan's present to her fellow chums (in fact I think if you look close you'll see one of the husband's books lined up in the row behind Orlan herself, for that is she). It is a fun favourite of ours.
So imagine the surprise when we went into the Culture House in Reykjavik and saw this:
It's a photo by the Icelandic photographer Sigurdur Gudmundsson, done in the early 1980s, which must be where Orlan got the idea from. The stiff prostrate figure, with the books (or in Gudmundsson's case books, loaves of bread and boots) lined up behind. Now I am not meaning that Orlan ripped the idea off.