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Heaven
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Jessica Faiss

Heaven is filmed from below. We can see a woman’s face watching us. After a while the woman spits on the camera lens (on us so to speak). The spit transforms, and becomes bigger and bigger and finally the face disappears. The only thing we can see is white foam. It becomes a landscape. The video was shown at Göteborgs Konsthall as a huge projection on a ceiling, in Göteborgs Konsthall’s entrance (2004-2005). An important point of this projection, is that the visitor should be under it and watch it from below.

Aspect ratio 1,33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:20:00
Color BW
Year 2004
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About the artist

Jessica Faiss

Born 1973 in Martigny, Switzerland. Lives and works in Uppsala, Sweden.

Jessica Faiss is a painter, photographer, and video artist. Her education includes an MFA from Konstfack, University College of Arts Crafts and Design, Stockholm, and Tohoku University of Art Craft and Design, Yamagata, Japan, among others. Previous solo exhibitions include Konsthall Jönköping, Sweden, Galleri Lars Olsen, Copenhagen, and RGB Neighbors Film-videokunstfestival, Leeuwarden, Netherlands, among others. Since 2017 her video work Voyage is displayed at Stockholm Odenplan subway station, giving the commuters a feeling of being in a green forest in the summertime.

The movement of time and our place in it, are recurring themes in Faiss’ artistry. Previously she worked with painting. When she dared to take the step into the video world, she projected a moving picture on her paintings and something happened there. It became important for Faiss to keep the idea that the video work was not like a movie, that it was without narrative and more like a painting. She is inspired by art that opens up inner spaces or states, where people can have time for reflection.

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