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Pole Position
Victoria Brännström

Victoria Brännström’s Pole Position, 2006, deals with how the artist and some of her friends become increasingly bold or foolhardy as they practice driving on a skidpan – which leads to a better result. The starting point of her work is research into how boys, from an early age, learn to play in a way that is different from that of girls. Boys enter into their games and try out new roles time and again with the greatest enthusiasm. In this way they increase their self-esteem and their ability to extend their territory. ‘I want to study how it is possible, as an adult, to acquire new qualities through play. My goal is to achieve or to lay my hands on a quality and to find the courage to take a step towards this conquest’. (…) ‘Courage, foolhardiness or a lack of respect can lead to experiences that then become new knowledge and the theory of subject positioning in play is a method that makes it possible to challenge oneself and one’s own limitations’. (quoted from

Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:03:02
Language Swedish
Color Color
Year 2006
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About the artist

Victoria Brännström

Born in 1968.

Victoria Brännström has studied contemporary art and performance at HDK in Gothenburg, and artistic research processes, public art and sound in artistic creating at Konstfack. She also has an MFA degree from Konstfacks Institution for Art. She has been commissioned as exhibition assistant, artistic advisor and artistic director at several Swedish art galleries and exhibitions such as Bror Hjorts museum, Nationalgalleriet and Konsttältet at Stockholms Kulturfestival among others. Victoria Brännström has had solo and group exhibitions both in Sweden and internationally and made art performances since 2002. Her CV also includes the short film Pole Position from 2006.