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I dag stiger solen fem prick takes place in an apartment where no one is at home. Painting and photograhy’s exploration of values and light is the foundation for this video work. The images are stagnant and the composition is harmonic. Lindholm has composed the soundtrack on many different levels where pieces of music are played in harmony with the images.
The sun is the big star. Nothing happens. Someone is singing a song somewhere, sometimes far away and sometimes painfully close. The sky is never the same. The room hungrily absorbs the sunlight. The images from the room were never filmed, they are in someone’s head. She thinks about the room while she is away. She keeps the thoughts during the day, thinks about her life and how the flowers in the window will survive without water for so long.
We see a struggle and at the same time cowardice on the screen. There is the classical sign of insecurity: two steps forward and one back. It’s depicted in the the realm of music, where no signs of haste are found. Occasinal notes linger for a long time. The telephone rings, at the first signal it is afternoon, by the last signal it is dark outside. She has given up, left the day before and missed the call she has been waiting for so long.
Petra Lindholm (b. 1973 in Karis, Finland) lives and works in Småland, Sweden. She is educated at the Royal Institute of Arts in Stockholm (1996–2001). She has exhibited at galleries, museums and institutions in Sweden, Finland, Germany, Poland, Italy and the US. Petra Lindholm works mainly with video, textile and sound. Her films do not have a specific narrative structure. They are focused on nuances and changes in color and image; which creates a tense atmosphere rather than a clear-cut story. Lindholm often depicts situations that are easily recognizable or phenomena in the environment, where the real and ordinary things seem unreal. She composes the music for the films and sings herself. In 2001 she received the Maria Bonnier Dahlin Foundation’s Artist Award, 2002 the FilmForm Award and in 2006 she won third prize in the Carnegie Art Award. In 2018 the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm awarded her the prestigious Axel Theofron Sandberg Prize. Her works are represented in the collections of Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Malmö Konstmuseum, Borås Konstmuseum, Västerås Konstmuseum, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki. EMMA–Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland, ProArtibus, Finland among others. In recent years she has completed a number of larger public commissions working with site-specific sculptures and installations.