Filmform (est. 1950) is dedicated to preservation, promotion and worldwide distribution of experimental film and video art. Constantly expanding, the distribution catalogue spans from 1924 to the present, including works by Sweden’s most prominent artists and filmmakers, available to rent for public screenings and exhibitions as well as for educational purposes.
In the video How to Civilize a Waterfall, artist Hanna Ljungh performs an authoritative confrontation with nature, an indifferent and independent force. Inspired by the dramatic expressiveness of hard rock music, Ljungh challenges a waterfall and tries to persuade it to turn into a hydroelectric power plant.
The work reveals humanity’s comical and paradoxical relationship with nature. The encounter becomes an emotional and almost spiritual experience – an encounter with one’s self.
Hanna Ljungh (b 1974) has for a good period of time dedicated her art practice to the matter we describe as land, soil, stone and mountain. Her work reflects upon and questions the fine line between what we call human and non-human forms of existence and the complex relations between them. Ljungh’s works are often fact-based in their core but move away from the factual in their aesthetics to rather relate to the viewers bodily sensations and feelings. In earlier works such as the large scale photographic and sculptural series Vivisections and Specimens Ljungh playfully stages modern day geological excavations. In her film and sound piece, ‘I am Mountain, to Measure Impermanence’, Ljungh portrayed Sweden’s highest mountain Kebnekaise in an almost 6 hour long film and sound installation.
Hanna Ljungh lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Ljungh received a BFA from Parsons School of Design, New York and an MFA from the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm. In the spring of 2015, Hanna Ljungh was, along with Henrik Håkansson and Åsa Sonjadotter, part of the group show D’ après nature at the Swedish Institute in Paris. Previously, Ljungh’s works have been shown at Fotografiska in Stockholm, Studio Hippolyte in Helsinki, HIAP in Helsinki, Kumho Museum of Art in Soeul, South Korea among others.