The French auteur and writer Jean Epstein once wrote that fatigue is photogenic. The tiredness of faces or things or even landscapes seems to emanate with a desire to be filmed. The cinema thus awakens what almost seems to be sleeping. In “Sent på Jorden” Skoog brings forth the inhabitants and the flatlands of Skåne in light of a contemporary civilizational fatigue. These mundane realities of people and places quiver with a quiet and restful exhaustion. Which cinema itself is making visible. In the opening scene we see a Rückenfigur of a girl smoking a cigarette in a cornfield surrounded by violet skies in the horizon. She seems tired but not exposed, at the same time part of the world and completely isolated from it.Learn how to rent this work
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About the artist
John Skoog (b.1985 Kvidinge) graduated from the Städelschule-Hochschule für Bildende Kunst in Frankfurt in 2012.
His work has been shown at film festivals and art museums around the world, for example: the Berlin International Film Festival, Moderna Museet and Index Contemporary Art Foundation in Stockholm, Museum of the Moving Image & PS1 MOMA in New York, IDFA, London Film Festival, True/False, MuMoK: Modern Museum in Wien, Rotterdam International Film Festival and the MMK: Modern Museum in Frankfurt am Main. In 2013 he won the Ars-Viva preis and 2014 the Baloise Art Prize. His first feature film Säsong/Ridge won CPH:DOX 2019. John has been the professor of film at the Art Academy in Mainz since 2016.