Joel Cole: "Identity"
6 October 2023 - 13 December 2023

Joel Cole was born in Minnesota in 1968 and visited the Faroe Islands for the first time in 1986. Ever since, the artist has had a close relationship to the islands and has lived in the Faroe Islands since 2011. Joel Cole creates organic artworks made of different kinds of wood and basalt.

A recurring theme in the work by Joel Cole are ideas surrounding identity, and many of the pieces refer to the artist’s origin and home: The United States and the Faroe Islands. This comes to view for instance through interesting combinations and juxtapositions of different kinds of wood in pieces that sometimes seemingly do not fit together. In these pieces, the focus is on the meeting of the different types of materials and contrasting textures.The wood used by the artist mainly originates from the Minnesota River valley, close to where the artist grew up, while many of the pieces also rest on a pedestal made out of Faroese basalt.

In the exhibition “Identity” at the National Gallery of the Faroe Islands, several new artworks by the artist will be on view. The pieces are made of many different types of wood and basalt as well as glass, which is a new component in the artist’s work.

The exhibition opens at the National Gallery of the Faroe Islands on the 6th of October at 16:00.

Back to the exhibition
+298 22 35 79
Gundadalsvegur 9, P.O. Box 1141 FO-110 Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Opening hours
From 1 May - 31 October
Monday - Sunday 11 - 17

(1th Thursday every month 11 - 20)

From 1 November - 30 April
Monday, Thursday to Sunday 11 - 16

Adults: 90 DKK
Senior discount ticket: 70 DKK
Students: 25 DKK
Children and young people under 20 years: free

Group discount min. 12 adults: 60 DKK per person

Annual pass for one: 225 DKK
Annual pass 1+1 - bring a friend for free: 300 DKK

The annual pass includes free entrance to the museum as well as free admission to guided tours, concerts and events.

In addition to that, you get 10% discount on posters, books and postcards as well as 10% discount in the museum café.
+298 22 35 79
Gundadalsvegur 9, P.O. Box 1141 FO-110 Tórshavn, Faroe Islands