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This Is What I Learned
EIlen 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

Debora Elgeholm

Debora Elgeholm

Born in 1976. Works in Stockholm, Sweden.

Graduated from School of Photography at Gothenburg University in 2006. Elgeholm mainly works with video, where she uses different kinds of narratives, from video essay and documentary to animations and staged situations with actors. The video pieces are sometimes complemented by photographs and drawings. The viewer is involved with her own ideas and notions, and Elgeholm often alludes intertextually to our common frames of references within film, music, literature and everyday situations.

During the last few years, Elgeholm has mainly dealt with religious questions. For example, interpretations of the Bible and the belief in ‘the end of days’, or how religious thinking is created through mythogenesis and conspiracies. Elgeholm also examines our tendency to believe in fantastic coincidences outside of what we traditionally call religion.

EIlen 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.