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Intervju med Saskia Holmkvist
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 Interview With 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
Latest screening Oct 16, 2020
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About the artist

Saskia Holmkvist

Saskia Holmkvist´s work is a long-term research-based practice, where the art-making builds on contextual involvement and is concerned with exploring the limits of translation and how it shapes and forms relations and historical trajectories, in particular on agency. The work combines aspects of ethnography and theatre to create films and performance that relate through past artworks, language, and contested history. Always working with a diverse array of people from a variety of backgrounds, Holmkvist considers these individuals as the main agents of the transformative potential in creating non-linear narratives, suggesting alternative readings or possibilities, juxtaposing documentary with fiction and storytelling. Holmkvist works in a circular mode of connectivity, bringing together themes of historic erasure and limits of translation through critical listening, oral speculation, repetitions into works of performance and film installations.