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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
Year 2018
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About the artist

Noemi Sjöberg

Noemi Sjöberg 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. 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.

Her work has been seen in Sweden: Färgfabriken Norr Östersund,Vandalorum Värnamo, Skanstulls subway Stockholm, Biografen Sture, Cinemateket “Out of Place” program Stockholm.

As well as internationally: Galería ATC Tenerife, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Museum Pola Annex Tokyo, MACRO Testaccio Rome, Centre d’art contemporain l’Atelier d’Estienne Pont-Scorff , IFFR, International Film Festival Rotterdam, 25th International Short Film Week Regensburg, Rooftop Film Festival New York, Festival tous courts Aix en Provence, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, European Film Festival Palić Serbia. In July 2019, she will install a 22 m long wall made of cement tiles with different shades in black, gray and white in Paris, a mission from “L ‘appel to candidature” Embellir Paris “ with La Ville de Paris.