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22.02.18 Screening and talk at Third Space Gallery, Helsinki. Facebook



06.03.2017 Project presentation at Hordalands Kunstsenter, Bergen. Facebook



21.10.2016 Exhibition at studio17, Stavanger. Facebook
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Norns (history as an endless loop)

Mixed media installation, iPhones, silicone, tripods, video loops Various dimensions, approx. 140 cm high.2018














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Soother

Installation, various dimensions: The pieces are between 20 and 140 cm heigh. Dead flowers, painted and covered in plastic. Faux flower. Blocks of floral foam. 2018











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Narcissos

Video, 10:03 min. 2017.Vimeo














Art Safari Bucharest, 2017
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This Happened to Us

Video, 05:51 min. 2016. Vimeo














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Frontiers

Exhibition at studio17, Stavanger, 2016.
The stories we tell affects who we are, and what we are affects the stories we tell.
Alien Nation

Magic interstellar travel /…/ can lead to an illusion of outer space /.../ as egalitarian.
This dream of utopia can encourage us to forget that outer space will not save us from injustice / …/.
While we are often Othered, we are not aliens.
The Mundane Afrofuturist Manifesto, Martine Syms

Frontiers addresses colonialism and it´s continued influence on Western worldview by highlighting how we mythicize ourselves through modern stories. Focusing on science fiction and it’s narratives of invasion and exploration, the exhibition pinpoints the Western hero and protagonist as an tool to justify our Western colonial heritage by building up a dichotomized relationship between civilization and an extraterrestrial threat.

Frontiers consists of three works, all done in 2016 and premiered at Studio17. The video essay Alien Nation is a case study of seemingly different topics, connected through colonialism and science fiction. The viewer is taken on a journey through time and space: From Welsh journalist and explorer HM Stanley´s search for Dr. Livingstone in 1871, to contemporary American conspiracy theories of the extraterrestrial threat. All these stories make out a larger narrative which points at a dynamic relationship between the stories we choose to tell and how we perceive and represent ourselves.

As Alien Nation is the core work for the exhibition, the two other works pick up ideas presented in the video essay. Animus Revertendi, a large-scale mural, explores the concepts of so called crop circles, allegedly left by UFOs at crop fields. In the movie Signs (2002) by M Night Shyamalan, a Christian priest, played by Mel Gibson, discovers a series of these crop circles in his cornfield. They are later revealed to be coordinates for extraterrestrial space ships, preparing for an invasion of Earth. The title, Animus Revertendi, is a latin phrase that translates to ”With the intention to return”. This refers to a type of ownership right and branding of cattle. A key concept of the work Animus Revertendi is that (American) crop circles often appear on fields that were once worked by slaves of rich white men, suggesting there might be colonial undertones to the phenomena. In Animus Revertendi, the geometric figures are used as a symbol, as an omen, of an impending attack: Maybe by the former slaves and colonies of the West. Animus Revertendi is a work in progress.

Closed Encounters is a video tripthyc of three portraits of the character Ellen Ripley of the first three Alien movies, played by Sigourney Weaver. Each of the portraits represents one movie and depicts the sequences where Ellen Ripley is looking at the alien monster. The monster itself is never on screen, rather Ripley’s reactions to it. Her expressions of fear, hatred and anxiety point at how we as Westerners are formed to react and respond to the non-Western and alien by seemingly innocent stories of popular culture.

Text by Camilla Edström Ödemark


studio17, 2016


studio17, 2016


studio17, 2016


studio17, 2016


studio17, 2016


studio17, 2016

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Alien Nation

Video, 17:12 min. 2016. Vimeo





























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Closed Encounters

Video triptych, loop approx 2 min. 2016. Vimeo


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A Strong Jawline

Paper clay, dirt, narcissus flowers. 2017








Art Safari Bucharest, 2017
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Almost the Same but Not Quite

Duo show with Jasmin Daryani at Spriten Kunsthall, NO. Curated by Stina Ihle Amankwah and Anna Ihle.


Spriten Kunsthall, NO. 2015


Spriten Kunsthall, NO. 2015


Spriten Kunsthall, NO. 2015


Spriten Kunsthall, NO. 2015


Spriten Kunsthall, NO. 2015


Spriten Kunsthall, NO. 2015


Spriten Kunsthall, NO. 2015









Leitourgia

Video, 05:52 min. 2015. Vimeo