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In Character
Saskia Holmkvist

In Character takes its departure in methodical similarities used in interview techniques by linking a job recruitment and a cross examination at the police. To start off with, the actors broach a central theme on its meta-level that forms part of the communication structures and strategies of the talks. By means of a fluent changing of roles within the individual conversations, the protagonists modify their strategies and positions, unexpectedly generating new interactions in the process. The work raises questions relating to the fine line between dialogue and the demonstration of power that may occur in both the private and political levels.

The films In Character and Role Control are linked, but they can also be screened separately. 

Keywords Characters
Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:09:40
Language Swedish
Color Color
Year 2008
Latest screening May 7, 2009
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About the artist

Saskia Holmkvist

Saskia Holmkvist´s work is concerned with exploring the limits of translation drawing from ways of practice within the domain of translation and how it shapes and forms relations and historical trajectories, in particular the impact on agency. The work combines aspects of ethnography and theatre to create films and performance that relate through past artworks, language, and contested history. Zooming in on gestures, fragments and distorting information so as to reconfigure histories, layered entanglements with performative translations is part of the aesthetic and theoretical fabric of her practice.

The practice builds on long-term research, where the art-making always comes out of working with a diverse array of people from a variety of backgrounds over long periods. Holmkvist considers these people, who often become friends, the main agents of the transformative potential in her work, creating non-linear narratives, suggesting alternative readings or possibilities, juxtaposing documentary with fiction and storytelling. She 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 installation. Examples of this can be seen in works such as Margaret (Back Translation), Blind Understanding – New Commentary (2009-2019), Procession Action Tour (2018), as well in earlier video works such as System (2001) and Interview with Saskia Holmkvist (2005).