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Dilemma
BY
Håkan Dahlström

Anna-Stina Ehrenfeldt and I were in Seville for a few of months in 2002. We decided to make a film. We had excellent wordless communication and had made several films together over the years (amongst them: THE JANUARY QUEEN (1969) ANNA-STINA EHRENFELDT PAINTER(1999) EXISTENTIAL ERRANDS (2000).

We decided on the following setup: I was to film, choose location and props, she would work with the material in front of the camera. I chose the Plaza de España in Seville and built a giant wheel. We had to hire a horse cart to get it there in four pieces and then assemble it in situ. Then we filmed it.

Anna-Stina was a painter and a sometimes actress/performance artist. She was also my mother. She passed in 2003, this was her last film work.

There were originally two versions of the film a longer and a shorter version. This is the shorter version which is usually the one that is screened. It was filmed on DV video.


Keywords Performance
Aspect ratio 1,33:1 (4:3)
Prod. format Generic SD-video
Duration 00:08:21
Color Color
Year 2002
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About the artist

Håkan Dahlström

Håkan Dahlström, born in Sweden (1952) has dedicated himself to art since his childhood in Málaga (Spain), he spent some ten years there and studied at Picasso’s Art School. A lot of his youth he travelled extensively with his family, both his parents were artists (writer Sture Dahlström and painter Anna-Stina Ehrenfeldt).

They lived for a year in the Arizona desert, to which he years later – in 1974 – returned and filmed the 16mm film “Mirror Movement”.
His understanding of Nature and Cosmos is vital, observing plants and animals that are present in his work since his beginnings.

He started out as a filmmaker when he found his father´s camera at the age of 14 and in 1967 won the gold medal at Unescos 5th International Contest for Young Filmmakers (Paris). The following years in California, (San Fransisco) he lived and worked among other artists in the avant-garde circles and participated in the underground film movement, showing his work amongst other places at the Berkeley Film Archives. Back in Sweden he won prizes from Swedish Television in 1967, 1968 and 1969. His work has been shown in cinemathéques and art centers in Scandinavia, Paris, London as well as on television.

Today he continues filming on video, using different media and also ways to achieve interaction between film, photography and 3-dimensional work.

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