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Gesture
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Conny Karlsson Lundgren

The gesture, a subtle body movement, can be understood as a carrier of identity. In the text Gesture, Ephemera and Queer Feeling José Esteban Muñoz uses the term as a tool to expose social conventions and their demands on how different bodies should be and behave. Muñoz explores his physical memories, where the body reveals itself through an unconscious violation of established codes, and illuminates how queer bodies and non-normative movements are exposed and judged by society.

The film Gesture is a close collaboration between Karlsson Lundgren and the choreographer and dancer Dinis Machado (SE/PT), in which they trace body memories, private experiences, senses and sensations. Short sentences were developed into a score inspired by Muñoz’s text, which was interpreted and embodied in a series of movement phrases:

“Walk straight. To feel the carpet texture on my face and arm. To come. Open your mouth with desire and discomfort. To be put against the wall and like it. Female leg crossing standing. Be on points. To point. Fight like a queen. To be pointed at,” to name a few.

Gesture is an independent part of the film Gesture/Labour/Leisure produced in collaboration with Haninge Konsthall.

Keywords Dance , Body, LGBTQ
Aspect ratio 1,78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:03:30
Language No dialogue
Color Color
Year 2016
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About the artist

Conny Karlsson Lundgren

Conny Karlsson Lundgren (b. Västervik) is a visual artist based in Stockholm and Hoby Mosse, Sweden.

With the help of film, text, image, and archival documents, his work traverses the boundaries between social, political, and private identities. Turning to interdisciplinary methods, alternative realities and social agreements are reimagined through experiences, contrapositions, desires, and secret codes. The ephemeral, accidental traces and moments that challenge existing narratives are a reoccurring fascination, with attention to the archive as both carrier of information and a mechanism of control. Karlsson Lundgren holds an MFA from Valand Academy of Fine Arts in Gothenburg, Sweden and participated in the Studio Research Program at Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, The Netherlands (2014–2015). In recent years his work has been exhibited at Moderna Museet Malmö, Extra City Kunsthal Antwerp, Gothenburg Art Museum, Kunsthal Nikolaj Copenhagen, with solo presentations at Neue Galerie Innsbruck, Haninge Konsthall, and Kalmar Art Museum (both Sweden). Karlsson Lundgren is the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Program (IASPIS) studio grant holder at ISCP in New York City for 2020–2021.

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