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The Pool
Sara Jordenö

The Pool has the format of a compilation film and film essay. The film tells the stories about two cases of erasure – the US bombings in Afghanistan and Iraq and the destruction of an outdoor pool in cold-war Moscow, where homosexual women were cruising each other. The pool is now gone and only exists through memory of a woman that once visited it. Similarly, we learn about the bombings in the Middle East through visit at the place of their simulation: a test bombsite in the Californian desert. Constantly shifting between locations and their meditations, the film never visits the ‘real’ place.

Keywords Essay, Documentary, Feminism
Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (4:3 Letterbox)
Prod. format Generic film
Duration 00:21:17
Language English & Swedish
Color Color
Year 2004
Latest screening May 8, 2019
Feb 6, 2019
Feb 28, 2012
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About the artist

Sara Jordenö

Born in 1974 in Sweden. Lives and works in both Europe and the United States.

Sara Jordenö is a documentary filmmaker, visual artist, researcher and educator, whose work resides in the intersection of site-specific and participatory art, ethnography and documentary cinema. Jordenö’s longitudinal projects often engage with groups and communities facing different types of marginalization. Part of an international network of filmmakers, academics and community-organizers working and thinking around hidden populations, Jordenö’s work is disseminated in contemporary art, film and the social sciences. Her projects often take the form of investigations, which over time can produce several works, such as a film, installation, text, artist book, or a discussion. Each of her projects dissects that which makes up a narrative (words, images, sound) and uses the narrative surplus (translation mistakes, information trash, myths, and constructed facts) to extract and accentuate other possible meanings and themes surrounding the “main” story.

Jordenö studied Feminist theory at Uppsala University and Creative Writing at Nordens Författarskola Biskops-Arnö and earned a BFA from Malmö Art Academy and an MFA from UCLA Department of Art. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre, Iaspis, Stockholm, NIFCA, Belgrade/Helsinki, Baltic Art Center, Visby, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program, the Art & Law Residency in Brooklyn and recently Abrons Art Center in Manhattan.