'What Can You Tell Me?', 2020, ett konstverk av Bergthor Morthens
What Can You Tell Me?, 2020

17 500 SEK

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76 x 52 cm

Acrylic, silicone and oil on silkscreen mesh

It is a portrait of Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, who was the youngest serving Prime Minister of Iceland from May 2013 until April 2016. His name was mentioned in the Panama papers.
Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson was interviewed in April 2016 by the Swedish television station SVT's investigative programme 'Uppdrag granskning', where the interviewer told Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson that the interview would focus on Iceland's recovery after the financial crisis. During the interview Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson said it was very important for everyone to pay a fair share into society and that paying less than one's share constituted cheating society.
When the interviewer asked if Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson had any connections to a foreign company, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson replied that his financial assets had always been reported transparently. When asked specifically about his connections to Wintris, a foreign company and a creditor of failed Icelandic banks, he said he had disclosed all requested information to the government and was unsure how the transactions actually worked. Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson then said the interviewer was making something suspicious out of nothing and walked out of the interview.
The painting is based on a still from the interview, the moment he was asked 'What can you tell me about a company called Wintris?'.
Following the Panama Papers revelations there were widespread calls for Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson to resign and he stepped aside after some protesting in Iceland.