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Untitled Abisko
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Sophie Vuković

A photographer and her lover travel to Abisko in the north of Sweden in the summer of2020 to document the effects of the rising temperatures on the mountain landscape. Many years later, both the landscape and their love is long gone, and the world as they knew it lies under water after a natural disaster. From an underwater shelter where she lives with other survivors, the lover lives suspended in an image-world of memories from that summer. She remembers her photographer, and their own personal disaster that ended their love affair.

Untitled Abisko is a climate-fiction that weaves together a queer love story with the processes of mourning a landscape altered by climate change. In the unique mountain landscape of Abisko, the consequences of global warming are more visible than in other places. While the planet’s average temperature has risen by one degree in the past century, Abisko’s has risen by two degrees. How do we comprehend these changes and the losses that come with them? The striking landscape and the dreamlike, poetic images shot on 16 mm film stand in stark contrast to the dystopian narrative in a cinematic message from one of our possible futures.

Keywords Nature, Landscape
Prod. format Generic HD-video & 16mm
Duration 00:19:20
Language English & Swedish
Color Color
Year 2020
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About the artist

Sophie Vuković

Sophie Vuković is a filmmaker and artist based in Stockholm. Her practice is situated between documentary and fiction, and has previously investigated the construction of identity, intimacy and migration. Her films explore how personal relations and experiences are shaped and affected by social and political structures.

Her short film 09:55-11: 05, Ingrid Ekman (2015) won numerous awards at film festivals around the world. Her feature film debut Shapeshifters (2017) explores migration and belonging beyond national borders in a hybrid documentary form. Shapeshifters was nominated for a number of awards and was received critical acclaim in connection with the Swedish cinema release in the fall of 2017. Her films have been shown at film festivals, TV and cinemas, as well as in art exhibition contexts, for example at the Barbican Centre and at Moderna Museet in Stockholm, where she was one of the artists who participated in the Moderna Exhibition 2018. The film installation Mother’s Milk (2019) is her thesis work from the Royal Institute of Art and was awarded Bonniers Grant.

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