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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’s artistic core centers on the transformation of reality, the evolving human condition, and the impact of travel. Having worked in diverse locations like Japan, Iran, the United States, Egypt, India, China, and Mongolia, her approach to travel transcends exoticism, fostering a state of mind that sharpens her senses and encourages a closer examination of the world. Her works, showcased at prestigious venues including IFFR Rotterdam, Rooftop Films NYC, Kassel, Flux, Oberhausen, MACRO Roma, Färgfabriken, and La Panera, underscore her global footprint. In 2019, she contributed the permanent piece “Plongeon” to Paris, and in 2021, spent six months in La Réunion, creating two works addressing women and migration.