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Interview with Saskia Holmkvist
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Saskia Holmkvist

When we see the title Interview with Saskia Holmkvist we expect to see an interview with the artist Saskia Holmkvist but few minutes into the film it is revield to us that the situation is another. Saskia Holmkvist has hired a media relations expert to train her to deliver a short statement about her work with apparent sincerity and authority. The short statement that Saskia Holmkvist repeats in their training describes her practice with direct reference to this process.

It’s about how we comprehend something as being honest and true, states Saskia Holmkvist. Over the eight minute film, Holmkvist is instructed in body language, posture, voice timbre, eye contact, in a process more associated with political careerism than artistic development. The revelation of the performance is itself carefully constructed. Shot in the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, from several angles using hand-held and fixed cameras, the film’s visual language of authenticity is itself a construction, a language created by media such as reality television. So, our supposed access to reality never quite resolves itself.

English title Intervju med Saskia Holmkvist
Keywords Characters
Aspect ratio 1,33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:08:40
Language Swedish
Color Color
Year 2005
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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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