Follow us on a trip to the romantic poetry era, take a look at love, longing to travel far, far away and take a
look at the beautiful nature surrounding us. Take a look at the utopian world - does it still have a meaning
today? A poet, forgotten a long time ago, like so many others. This exhibition is a homage to her, to Hulda the
hidden woman, the woman that is both known and unknown to us.
Hulda Skáldkona (1881 - 1946) Unnur Benediktsdóttir Bjarklind, was an influential poet who was among the first Icelandic women to publish their poetry and writing. Hulda was from South-Þingeyjarsýsla, Northern Iceland and started composing at a young age. South-Þingeyjarsýsla was a buzzing cultural society compared to other places in Iceland during that time, and the women from there were pioneers in the Icelandic Womens rights Movement. Hulda is especially known for her patriarchal, nationalist poem Hver á sér fegra föðurland? (Whoever sees a more beautiful fatherland?) (1944), written for the making of the Icelandic republic, after it became an independent country in 1944, but the exhibition title is from the second verse in that poem. Over the course of her career she wrote short stories, novels, and published seven poetry bookworks, as well as running a large household and raising a family. Her works are a part of the new-romantic movement, and she used the reference style in her works, which are said to be emotional and feminine. She was celebrated among the icelandic communities for being equally talented as the men who´s poems were often in newspapers and books, however criticised tremendously 1. for being a woman who published her writing. 2. For making a career as a poet.
For Hulda, poetics were a tool to reshape and create universes of freedom and beauty. Her rich contribution to the icelandic community has paved the path for women to step into the world of writing, or any profession, and think forward to a more equality conscious world. She knew exactly how to put the picturesque landscape of Iceland into words and more than that, she pushes the borderlines of 103.000 km² by bringing the reader into her unworldly environment, into foreverness, filled with the desire to be one with the complete stillness of nature.
Hulda´s works are mostly forgotten and unavailable. By opening her books that have almost become fossil-like, placing us in Hulda´s steps and through a dialog the old became new, current perhaps even. By transcribing her writings to a new platform a 110 years after she first got published, it is possible to understand the larger themes that both characterize her work and have influenced younger writers today. The exhibition drives to revisit Hulda´s work and pull them out in order to make them more accessible and public. Hulda set the stage for future generations and made Icelandic culture what it is today, realistically both female and male, though throughout time, one sex has been silenced.