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The Swedish Camp
Jesper Nordahl

Nordahl spent some years in the early 1980s in a Swedish residential area in Sri Lanka, where his parents worked for a company that had won a major contract to build a dam. The video mixes family home-movies from that period – end-of-term Christmas celebrations at school and Nordahl’s final trumpet performance – with recordings from his return visit to the now quite dilapidated residential area. But it also includes clips from both Sri Lankan and Swedish television, because the dam project received so much publicity. The combination of private and public material raises questions of colonialism and imperialism, not least when global corporations are the actors, which begin to burrow under your skin.

/Lars-Erik Hjertström Lappalainen, Kunstkritikk 21.08.19 (translated by Kieron Brown)

Keywords Personal
Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic HD-video & Generic SD-video & VHS & 16mm
Duration 00:14:48
Language English & Swedish
Color Color
Sound Stereo
Year 2019
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About the artist

Jesper Nordahl

Jesper Nordahl (born 1969) lives and works in Stockholm.

Through video and various media his work address social and political issues where gender and knowledge production are central. Nordahls work has been shown internationally, including exhibitions at Shedhalle, Zurich; Index, Stockholm; Artists Space, New York; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Grazer Kunstverein, Graz; Colombo Art Biennale, Colombo; GIBCA, Gothenburg; Galerija Umjetnina, Split. Nordahl graduated from The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm in 2000 and participated in the Whitney ISP in New York in 2006-07.