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Make believe
BY
Saskia Holmkvist

What makes us believe in something? Make believe deals with this question. The credibility of a system and what we choose to rely on or understand within a framework, with a magician as example.

Magic is without doubt a manipulative situation. But also a practice based on an agreement on entertainment between the magician and his audience. An entertainment that sums up in questions on illusion and trustworthiness. ‘What is illusion and what is reality?’ says the magician.

The magician or illusionist fools our reason and juggles with understanding and logics. He deliberately puts our rational sorting out of order. One thing is said and another done. Poses to have honest intentions and turns to our logics in words, but does the opposite in practice. The collision between them becomes a mental somersault for the viewer.

English title Inte sant
Aspect ratio 1,33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:06:35
Language English
Color Color
Year 2004
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About the artist

Born in 1971. Lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.

Saskia Holmkvist work hovers between the language of fiction and documentary in an attempt to get hold of the apparent reality that is being presented to us. By looking at the construction of what we perceive as true, credible, authentic or entertaining Saskia Holmkvist wants to investigate the constituent parts of what builds up trustworthiness. She turns herself directly towards the experience of the viewer and in many of her works one is invited to reveal a case. The work with text plays a central role in her work. Even so does the work with the different characteristics of genres. This is clearest in the films Interview with Saskia Holmkvist 2005 and Eight Martini 2004.

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