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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 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:02:55
Color BW
Sound Stereo
Year 2018
Latest screening May 31, 2019
May 5, 2018
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About the artist

Noemi Sjöberg

Noemi Sjöberg works with video, photography, installations and public art. She has participated in residencies in countries such as: Turkey, Japan, Iran, USA, Morocco, Egypt, India, China, Mongolia. Traveling sharpens her senses and forces her into a state of observation. 3 axes are central to her work: the human condition over time, the changing perception of reality and the sensory deepening that sharpens our senses. Her work has been shown in Sweden at exhibitions and festivals such as: Västerås Art Museum, Zita Folkets Bio Stockholm, Jönköping County Museum, Vandalorum, Värnamo, Kulturhuset Borgen, Gislaved, Norrköping Art Museum, Workshop Room for Art Norrköping, Färgfabriken Norr, Östersund, Cinema Sture Cinemateket Stockholm. In 2020, her exhibition ‘Parallel worlds, A matter of perception’ was shown in the Skanstull metro, on behalf of SL’s art activities in Stockholm.

International exhibitions: Rooftop films, New York USA, IFFR, International Film Festival Rotterdam NL, L’Atelier d’Estienne Center d’art contemporain Pont-Scorff, Bretagne FR, Internacional Short Film festival Oberhausen DE, National Gallery of Art, Vilnius LT, European Film Festival Palić RS, International Video Art Festival Camagüey CU, 25th International Short Film Week Regensburg DE, FIAV, Casablanca MA, Festival tous courts, Aix en Provence FR, 25th Independent Film Festivalen l’Alternativa, CCCB, Barcelona ES, Moskva Museum of Modern Art RU, Museum Pola Annex Tokyo JP, MACRO Testaccio Rom IT.

In 2020, her solo exhibition ‘Cambios de lugar’ (Location Changes) took place in Galería Uxval Gochez, (Loop Fair), Barcelona ES. In December 2020-January 2021 she had monographic video exhibition at Flux, Festival de vídeo d’author, Arts Santa Mònica Barcelona (SP). In 2018 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, her solo exhibition ‘Close distance’
was shown in Galería ATC.

In 2019, she was comissioned by the city of Paris to make the site specific permanent artwork ‘Plongeon’ (Diving) , Pont du Garigliano (16ème), Paris FR and in 2020 she was comissioned by the City of Granollers the artwork ‘Revolutions per minute’, MAU, Fábrica Roca Umbert, ES.

In 2021, she received the Research and Innovation in Visual Arts Grant from the Department of Culture, Generalitat de Catalunya, Barcelona (SP)

In 2021 L’Iconothèque historique de l’océan Indien, Patrimoine et création has comissioned her a site specific permanent artwork, Département de la Réunion, Saint-Denis FR