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Det som sågs, kunde ses
Lisa Torell

The film takes place in the landscape around Kiruna municipality and in Lainio. Lainio is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Torne Lappmark, 250 km meters north of the Arctic Circle.

Before the Luleå Biennal 2018, she travelled there with the interdisciplinary project Residence-in-Nature and nine other artists. About 70 inhabitants lives in Lainio. The geographical location with the Norwegian, Finnish, Sami and Russian have impacted both crafts, language and self-image. In a region where mapping has been represented partly by the Swedification process and by racial biology, Lisa Torell focused on the relationships between public space and private space, as well as the artist’s role, and asks what it means to stake out a place, a region, a landscape and society. The question is asked through a spray action.

The film has been shown at the Luleå Biennale 2018 and at the Marabouparken 2019.

English title What Was Seen, Could Be Seen
Keywords Nature, Performance
Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:26:50
Language Swedish & English
Color Color
Sound Stereo
Year 2018
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About the artist

Lisa Torell

Born in Gothenburg 1972. Lives and work in Umeå, Stockholm and Oslo.

Lisa Torell has for more than a decade focused her artistic practice on public and semi-public spaces using a site-specific approach to enter into a close dialogue with chosen places and situations. Through her presence, and in the presence of invited people or random passers-by, she creates contexts that expose and twist the structures and purposes of the locality. For Lisa Torell, every public space is specific and shaped by cultural and social, aesthetic and political circumstances.