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Noemi Sjöberg

When I witnessed this scene I immediately felt uncomfortable … But there, in the eyes of others all seemed innocuous. At the harbor in Essaouira, under the flight of the seagulls, the every day life followed its course, the women walked around, the fishermen did their work, the divers jumped … while construction works in progress seemed about to engulf this place and the people present. A mode of life related to this place was in phase of disappearance. This scene was unreal and strange. The divers and their games seemed for a moment to be fighting and going against the current of their usual space, which was in full transformation. The innocent game of young people touched the danger, as wanting to defy the machine, seeking a desire for freedom. During editing I continued to reinforce this idea of strangeness, desire for freedom, the bound of game/ danger, the challenge facing the threat of the machine, and this “in between” moment: past and forthcoming future mingling. The black and white images and the sound empower the tension of this environment.

Keywords Documentary, Experimental
Aspect ratio 16:9
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:02:55
Color BW
Year 2017
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About the artist

Noemi Sjöberg

Noemi Sjöberg is a Swedish video artist based in Barcelona. She obtained a Master degree in Fine Arts from “L ‘École Supérieure d’Aix en Provence”, France.

She uses the video medium to observe and put into perspective the reality that surrounds her. Always looking for situations that break with the ordinary. She has filmed in many countries: Turkey, Japan, Iran, USA, Morocco, Egypt, India, China, Mongolia …Traveling sharpens her senses and forces her to be in a deep state of observation. Precise moments taken in video, enhance the idea of duality and testify the contradiction of existence. 3 axes are central in her work: the human condition as time passes; the altered perception of reality and the sensory immersion that sharpens our senses. In her installations and videos the viewer takes the narrative part and is carried by streams of images and sounds.

Her videos and installations have been seen in spanish art centers such as Centro de Arte la Panera, MUA, Museum of the University of Alicante, Gallery ATC and TEA of Tenerife and international ones such as Vandalorum (Sweden), Cervantes Institute of Berlin, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Färgfabriken Norr, Östersund (Sweden), Museum Pola Annex (Tokyo), MACRO Testaccio (Rome).

Her films have been shown at festivals and fairs such as IFFR (International Film Festival Rotterdam), 24th International Short Film Week Regensburg, WINDOW TO ARCHITECTURE COMPETITION, Festival tous courts /EXPERIMENTAL COMPETITION in Aix en Provence (FRANCE), the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Festival du Nouveau cinéma de Montréal, Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Kortfilmdagen av Svenska Filminstitutet, DIVA art fair Gallery Isabelle Hurley (Paris), Loop Videoakt Hotel Amister.