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Henrik Andersson

The screen is dark. A caption strip runs along its lower edge. On the sound track we can hear a voice plodding labouriously through the text. In his videowork SMS, Henrik Andersson carries out a practical test of the proposals of the Swedish Liberal party concerning language teaching for immigrants. Quotes from the party manifesto are sent by SMS to an answering machine in Germany. As the electronic voice is reading out the message – and shifting from a German to an English accent – the disguise concealing the populist policy is penetrated. It totally falls apart when the voice spells out the word ‘modersmålsundervisning’ (mother-tongue teaching for immigrants).

Keywords Computer-generated
Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic film
Duration 00:01:48
Language German & Swedish
Color BW
Year 2004
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About the artist

Born in 1973 in Sweden.

Andersson’s work is characterised by a conceptual simplicity and a sharply delineated setting. One of the key elements is an astringent sense of humour which serves to expose power structures and make hierarchies of values visible. Translation is a recurring thematic device and the focus is frequently on ways in which cultural identity is constructed around an idea.