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This is What I Learned
Ellen S. Holtskog & Debora Elgeholm

In childhood we shape our world view based on what parents and other authorities tell us. Conseptions become truths which in turn become own experiences, and even though one endeavours to, it can be difficult to change an entire system of thought as an adult. Elgeholm/Holtskog carries an awareness of another way to interpret the world and all that happens in society around them, whilst no longer believing what they learned as children.

This Is What I Learned presents a culture where religious apocalyptic faith remains strong in Scandinavia. At the same time it shows how such beliefs can be expressed in an everyday way. The conversations take place in homes where interpretation of the evidence is mixed with tea drinking and apple cake baking. Time signs, sky longing and fear of being left behind when Jesus appears in the cloud to bring back his own, are among the topics when Elgeholm/Holtskog interview their believing relatives in Norway and Sweden. 

Keywords Documentary
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:25:09
Language Norwegian & Swedish
Year 2012
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About the artists

Ellen S. Holtskog

Ellen S. Holtskog

Ellen S. Holtskogs’ education includes Statens Kunstakademi, KHIO, Oslo, a Master i fotografi from Høgskolan för fotografi (HFF), and PPU, HiOA (Oslo Met). Some of her exhibitions include Galleri Seilduken, Kunsthøgskolen Oslo, Kvinnemuseet, Kongsvinger, Bærum Kunsthall, Bærumsutstillingen, and The Reception Gallery, Kunsthøgskolen among others. She made the video This is what I learned together with Debora Elgeholm, and with third collaborator Carl Johan Erikson they made the videos Believe in the Evidence and Dealing with the Apocalypse.

Debora Elgeholm

Debora Elgeholm

Debora Elgeholm (1976, Sweden) received her MA from School of Photography and Film in Gothenburg, followed by further studies at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm.

In her documentary and essayistic films Debora Elgeholm often investigate the connection between different societies and different religious persuasions, as well as relationship between individuals and social, political, and religious groups. The films are often based on quotes and interviews, where the personal story is connected to wider contexts, but Elgeholm also examines the lingering memories of places, times, and events.
Through using archive material as photos, books, films and music Elgeholm put together works that becomes a documentation over tendencies i society, as the fear for invasion from the east during the Cold War, or the heritage of colonialism in missionary work. Debora Elgeholm, b 1976, lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums as Bonniers konsthall, and at festivals such as Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen and IFFR Rotterdam. During the winter 2018/19 she has had a studio residency at Iaspis in Stockholm.