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Här och där
Paula Urbano

How would it be if we sat down and seriously thought through how our lives would have looked like if we had grown up anywhere else? This is what Paula Urbano for a few weeks in the summer of 2011 has been investigated. By setting up a mobile recording studio at selected locations in Fittja she asked residents to answer a question: how would your life look like if you stayed at the place where you were born?

Through the responses which the artist had in these intimate encounters with the participants, we get a unique insight into residents’ life stories in Fittja; of what life looked like for the inhabitants of other places in the world and in Sweden if they had been left. Perhaps it had not changed much, but maybe the move to Fittja has been crucial in their choice of occupation, living conditions and family situation.

English title Here and There
Keywords Documentary
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:17:48
Language Swedish & Spanish; Castilian
Color Color
Year 2010
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About the artist

Paula Urbano

Paula Urbano born 1980. Lives and works in Stockholm. Urbano observes with an intersubjective perspective in her investigative narrative work about contemporary or fictive persons or places. With an interest in postcolonial theory and philosophy her art concerns themes as identity in relation to migration and location.

Starting from a subjective perspective Urbano uses photography, video and installation to delineate a state of mind in times when the sole existence carries a political message.

Urbano leaves her interrogative in the piece for the world to ponder over the eventual discrepancy between perception and representation for the individual not only in relation to the collective but also to memory, a location or to “the other”.