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Kvarteret Ortdrivaren
Liselotte Wajstedt

Kiruna is one of the few cities in the world that is entirely planned and designed from its inception. Kvarteret Ortdrivaren focuses on the modernist architectural work of the Ralph Erskine-designed area of the city called ‘Kvarteret Ortdrivaren’ and how the overall vision shaped the neighborhood’s four buildings.

Situated directly opposite the LKAB site, these buildings are intimately connected with the history of mining in Kiruna. Wajstedt has interviewed the people who live in the buildings, following the lives of three older ladies. They are all upset and saddened by having to vacate their homes, as many of the residents have lived there since the 1960’s. In this film, Wajstedt reflect on the meaning of home, on the histories of embodied experiences in lived-in spaces, and what losing one’s home may ultimately do to individuals and communities. 

Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format HDSLR
Duration 00:22:14
Language Swedish
Color Color
Sound Stereo
Year 2020
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About the artist

Liselotte Wajstedt

Based in Stockholm, Liselotte is a Sámi multimedia artist from Kiruna whose work spans film and video, collage, painting, photography, sculpture, textiles, and installation. Her experimental moving image body of work comprises over two dozen shorts and feature-length films. Spanning hybrid documentary, experimental media, music video, dance, and fiction films, Wajstedt mobilizes many different styles and techniques in the service of her politics and aesthetics, including animation, claymation, stop-motion, and superimposition.

Many of Wajstedt’s films engage explicitly or implicitly with multiple and hybrid subject positions, as evident in A Sami in the City (2007), Sami Daughter Joik (2008), A Soul in a City (2011), Kiruna Space Road (2013), The Lost One (2014), Kiruna the drift block, Bromsgatan, Kvarteret Ortdrivaren och The Girl Kiruna (2020). Behind her she has an education in painting and free arts; Project programme in Video art as well as animation and experimental filmmaking with special emphasis on documentary storytelling and scriptwriting; Bachelor of Arts in Expression in Convergent Media, 2010 at Gotland University.