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A year of sisterhood
Elzén & Hedstrand:
Sonia Hedstrand & Åsa Elzén

This is a short version of Systerskapets år with English subtitles. 

A video documentary about the feminist movement in Stockholm. During the last few years a broad feminist movement has started to develop in Sweden. It is well accepted and plays a prominent role in the public debate. However, it is often documented by commercial media and viewed through the male camera lens. From earlier feminist movements, such as the one sprung up in the 70s, there is hardly any documentation available today.We wanted to preserve our movement, also referred to as the ‘third wave feminism’ for generations to come. That is why we decided to film feminist demonstrations, debates, art, parties, direct actions, as well as interview various feminists.

We filmed numerous events in Stockholm during a one-year period, from August 2003 to July 2004. The complete film is more than nine hours long and consists of around sixty shorter films. The project is an archive, a pool of knowledge, and a historical document of this particular era. The idea is to write women’s history from our own perspective, to focus on women’s knowledge and to spread this knowledge, and to show the positive power within the women’s struggle.We call the project A Year of Sisterhood since we believe that sisterhood and solidarity among women is the best strategy to reach equality between the sexes.

/Åsa Elzén and Sonia Hedstrand,

English title A year of sisterhood
Aspect ratio 4:3
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:40:00
Color Color
Year 2005
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About the artists

Åsa Elzén

Åsa Elzén

Åsa Elzén. Born 1972 in Visby, Sweden. Lives and works in New York. She studied at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, BA 1996, and at the Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm, MA 2002. She has been an artist-in-residence at among others Changdong Art Studios, Seoul, Jerusalem Center for Visual Arts, Jerusalem, IASPIS, Stockholm and Sanskriti Kendra, New Dehli. She works with video, sculpture, photography and installation and has recently shown work at Exit Art, New York, 2006, Contemporary Art Museum, Santa Cruz, Bolivia 2005, ak28, Stockholm 2005, Moderna Museet, Stockholm 2005, Rooseum, Malmö 2005, Gwangju Biennale 2004.

She is interested in subjects such as feminism, globalism, tourism, notions of beauty and love. She is based in Stockholm but is currently involved in a Brooklyn-based collaboration.

Sonia Hedstrand

Sonia Hedstrand

Sonia Hedstrand was born in 1975. She has been working as a reporter and writer for different magazines and daily press, surch as Swedens largest newspaper Dagens Nyheter, where she was writing about art and social issues. Together with artist Åsa Elzén, Sonia Hedstrand made the large video document of the feminist movement in Stockholm, called A year of sisterhood, between 2003 and 2005. The project was partly financed by the Swedish art council, and has been showed extensively around Sweden, and abroad.

After that Hedstrand continued to evolve her knowledge in film and video at a one year documentary film course at Biskops Arnö school. By autumn 2006 she started the 5 year education in fine arts at the Royal Art Academy in Stockholm, where she is working with video art. Sonia Hedstrands short films deals a lot with storytelling, and are all quite brutal stories from reality, told in a calm voice over.

The films deals with issues of guilt, responsibility and sorrow. How to tell a long story in few words is an issue that occupies the artist. In 2007 Sonia Hedstrand won first price at the ‘Filmvideoartfestival’ in Uppsala with her film The Animals, also shown in video art festival Loop at Barcelona 2007.