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Saskia Holmkvist

On the screen an insect is seen. It keeps flying seemingly tireless on its path. At the same time we hear three stories, based on reality. They are gathered from China, Libya and Australia. Different kinds of problems emerge and to solve them, efficient systems are created. 

In the film System, we confront what happens when apparently rational decisions prove to have devastating results in real life. How deeds can hit back onthemselves if multiplicity isn’t respected. A dilemma that one has to deal with as every act can’t be foreseen and we don’t want to stop development.

Aspect ratio 1,33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:05:00
Language English
Color Color
Year 2001
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About the artist

Saskia Holmkvist

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.