Rosie Heinrich

participating artist

Contributed work:

We always need heroes is an ongoing, interdisciplinary art project that delves into the psychological and social dynamic of Iceland’s economical crash of 2008 – currently one decennium ago. For two years, Heinrich conducted conversations with numerous Icelanders. The recordings of their reports, insights and voices form the basis of this project. By speculating on the politics of perception and the retelling of personal narratives, this work revises our relationship to the notion of landscape – in its natural, national and political sense – in the form of a shift in the way we listen, how we generate and observe our narratives. The work comprises a forty-five minute video work in which a multitude of voices is combined from more than one hundred hours of interview material. Guided by a narrator in the archives of the National Library of Iceland, we move through scenes of natural, urban and paper landscapes.

The eponymous artist publication We always need heroes is published by Fw:Books and will appear in September 2018.


Rosie Heinrich (UK born, Amsterdam based) uses audio material from recorded conversations as a medium to explore the constructs of self-storytelling, belief, reality and (spoken or wordless) language. Unpacking forms of narration, these methods result in audio and video works, performances, artist books, photographs and installations.

Heinrich is currently a fellow of THIRD Cycle Research Group at the DAS Graduate School. She received her Master in Fine Arts at the Dutch Art Institute, where she was also member of the research collective APRC. Her works have been shown, among others, at Cycle Music and Art Festival (Kópavogur, IS), PuntWG (Amsterdam), A Tale of a Tub (Rotterdam), Art Rotterdam, and Veem House for Performance (Amsterdam). During 2015–2016 she was artist in resident for nine months at SÍM, The Association for Icelandic Visual Artists, in Reykjavík and on location, where she began her long-term project centred around the Icelandic Crash: We always need heroes. Her upcoming artist book of the same title will be published by Fw:Books.