Svarvargatan 2, SE-112 49 Stockholm +46 (0)8-651 84 26 Newsletter MORE


Inte sant
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 mgician 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 Make Believe
Aspect ratio 1.33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:06:35
Language Swedish
Color Color
Year 2004
Rent this work for public screenings

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.