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Staffan Redin

‘…ögonen dunkla sin kos och synen molnar i mörkre…’ In Stiernhielms poetry the slow dusk of the eye is an image of life fading away. At each blink we experience this fall of the curtain even if it is as fast as the shutter of the camera.

A fencer has a better chance of hitting the target if it is in the periphery of the field of vision and not in center of focus. In the video Fencer one can see the instantaneous and constant shiftings in the expressions of the eye, a play with attraction and repulsion.

In an earlier work on blushing Staffan Redin investigated how the skin can become a projection screen for our inner emotions and state of mind. In this serie of photographs of fencers he studies how the eyes can be seen as projectors or reflectors of our mind and the clouded borderlinestate of gaze and non-gaze that creates a Field of tension between skin and cornea. The unseeing gaze behind the eyelids can show that what is most important is always invisible.

Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:04:00
Language No dialogue
Color Color
Year 2004
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About the artist

Staffan Redin

Staffan Redin is born 1962 and educated at University College Valand and Royal University College of Fine Arts. He has worked with video and photography since the end of the eighties and has had fifteen solo shows, at Galleri Enkehuset, Index , Galleri Roger Björkholmen, kunsthalls of Örebro and Bohusläns museum, Galleri Skarstedt and has participated in a number of group shows and videofestivals. An important focus in his work is placed on the human facial expressions, the gaze and the skin as a projection screen for inner conditions. He is teaching video art at the Royal University College of Fine Arts i Stockholm.