When I arrived in Iceland one of the stories I was most excited to dig into was the exploration of creativity and politics, a conversation that Reykjavík is at the center of.
Mayor Jón Gnarr, a famous comedian come politician had taken the debate to new extremes by using comedy as a pillar of his platform and winning an unheard of majority for a fringe party. However my story took a turn when on the 30th of October Gnarr announced he would not seek re-election at the end of his term, despite being the largest party in the capitol with 37% support, 2% more than he was voted in on.
This picture is all over the city, except usually with angel wings…
Here’s a taste from my interview with the colorful mayor where he talks about his decision to leave politics and showcases a bit of his quick wit.
Check back soon for the full documentary about politics, Icelandic and American, as well as were and how creativity plays into the equation.