Filmform (est. 1950) is dedicated to preservation, promotion and worldwide distribution of experimental film and video art. Constantly expanding, the distribution catalogue spans from 1924 to the present, including works by Sweden’s most prominent artists and filmmakers, available to rent for public screenings and exhibitions as well as for educational purposes.
Brothers to Sisters: Välimiehet Performing “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” BY Nils Agdler & Timo Menke
Brothers to Sisters is an ongoing series of choir works, initially produced in collaboration with the Porin Mies-Laulu male choirs in Pori, Finland. A male choir version of Annie Lennox’s and D. A. Stewart’s Sisters Are Doin’ it for Themselves (1985) is performed by the Välimiehet choir: the younger male generation reflects changes in gender roles and masculinity, insofar as the paragon of masculinity has been the role of the man as the family’s breadwinner.
Brothers to Sisters: Välimiehet Performing “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves”
Nils Agdler (1969, Sweden) is a visual artist, photographer and filmmaker. He received a MFA from Konstfack in Stockholm, followed by studies in fine arts at Valand Academy in Gothenburg. In his artistic practice, Agdler is interested in contemporary social and visual phenomena, representation and history, posthumanism and colonialism, primarily working in the fields of photography and film. He has been collaborating with Timo Menke in film projects such as Fugitives from the Fields (2005), Gifted Men (2015) and Brothers to Sisters (2018). Over the past ten years, he has worked on issues that concern men and masculinities and in 2018 he had a retrospective solo show in Östersund, where all works related to this theme. His work has been shown at museums such as The 5th Moscow Biennale, Kalmar Art museum, Pori Art Museum and Gothenburg Art Museum. Recently also at festivals such as Sheffield Fringe, Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, 35th Kasseler Dokfest and Festival des Cinémas Différents.
Timo Menke was born in Germany, and lives and works in Sweden since 1988. He received a Master of Fine Arts from Konstfack, the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm in 1999. Between 2004 and 2014 he has been teaching as Senior lecturer at the department of art at Konstfack, Stockholm. He is also engaged at the Filmform foundation, the Art Film and Video Archive, in Stockholm, dealing with archiving and distribution of film and video art.